UN SDG Action Campaign joins the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to bring the SDGs closer to Bonn citizens

The Sustainable Development Goals took center stage at the BMZ Open Day in Bonn.

Over 14,000 visitors gathered at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) premises on June 24th, 2018 for a day of music, experiences and activities with the SDGs at its heart.  Participants had the opportunity to visit the Hammerschmidt Villa, the official residence of the German President in Bonn, and to learn about sustainability through the many German and international institutions presenting their work.

The UN SDG Action Campaign shared the stage with Mr. Martin Jägger, BMZ State Secretary, and the Lord Mayor of Bonn Ashok Sridharan, to discuss the importance of communicating the SDGs and inspiring collective action to support their implementation.

Mr. Martin Jägger, BMZ State Secretary, visits the UN SDG Action Campaign stand

An interactive space featured some of the Campaigns flagship advocacy and citizen participation tools on the SDGs, as well as virtual reality screenings designed to build empathy on issues related to the Goals.

“This is great! What can I do? How can I contribute?” was the most shared response of the many visitors at the stand, when hearing about the 17 Goals and hearing people’s stories from around the world. The Campaign team had the honor of welcoming State Secretary Jägger, who recognized the importance of the Campaign’s work and committed to continuing to support  the Campaign going forward. “You’ve got a very difficult job to do, and a very important one,” he said to the Campaign team members.

 

Mr. Martin Jägger, BMZ State Secretary, retweets the UN SDG Action Campaign
Marta Rojas, Media and Communications Specialist at the UN SDG Action Campaign, and Journalist Katie Gallus

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(German) 14.000 Besucher beim Tag der offenen Tuer im Bonner BMZ

UN Bonn – Open House at Villa Hammerschmidt

We’ll be at the European Development Days 2018 this week!

Following on the successful involvement from the past 2 years (see recaps from 2017 and 2016), the UN SDG Action Campaign is excited to return to the European Development Days this year in Brussels on 5-6 June, 2018.

Organized by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) is Europe’s leading forum on development since 2006. The development community comes together every year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The United Nations stand is organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, the UN in Brussels (25 UN entities), UNECE, UNWTO and the World Bank.

The 2018 theme of the European Development Days is: Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest. In line with this important theme, the United Nations stand will focus on the the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Come visit the United Nations at Stand 72 of the EDD village!

Stand highlights

  • Watch the Spotlight Studio dialogues: This stage will feature a series of dynamic discussions, cross-generational dialogues, and inspiring talks showcasing change-making initiatives and revolutionary solutions to key global challenges
  • Sign the Declaration of Humans Rights Graffiti Wall: Share your voice on what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means for women and girls by writing/drawing onto our “graffiti wall”
  • Take a photo with our SDG wings backdrop, and also experience different SDG wings via augmented reality on your mobile phone
  • Watch United Nations Virtual Reality films focusing on women and girls
  • Meet the “Humans of MY World”: Through this photo exhibit, you will get the chance to “meet” individuals from around the world and learn why the SDGs are important to them. The stories will also feature infographics on the SDGs as well as excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights. 
  • Have your say on the SDGs at myworld2030.org and explore the data.
  • Learn more about the work of the Spotlight Initiative and all of the United Nations agencies.

Come join us at the EDDs!

Follow all of the EDD activity at @SDGaction and @UNinBrussels

18 April: LET’S CEE Film Festival brings VR cinema to Vienna – and the UN SDG Action Campaign is aboard as one of its programme supporters.

From Let’s CEE Film Festival

Get faced with the human made threat of nature in the Arctic or in the rainforest; learn what it’s like to be homeless or to live in a refugee camp; make a trip back to your first year of life or to the old age – LET’S CEE Film Festival makes it possible. Under the motto “Let’s Open Your Mind”, the organisers are bringing virtual reality films from all over the world to Vienna for the first time. Thanks to the support of renowned partners such as United Nations, Greenpeace International, Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, USC Shoah Foundation, WIDE and The Guardian, a high-quality as well as visually strong offer of socio-politically engaged cinema will be shown. Sitting on a swivel chair with a VR headset and headphones, VR Cinema makes you, so to speak, the focal point and part of the film thanks to 360-degree images.

LET’S CEE will set up two VR lounges: one at 4GAMECHANGERS, a festival for influencers and visionaries (18-20 April) and the second at Village Cinema Wien Mitte (21-22 April) with support of the presenting partner Cineplexx International. Admission is free, as is the whole short film programme at LET’S CEE.

The hardly publicly funded Austrian festival, which tries to make a significant positive contribution to a modern and exemplary understanding of intercultural dialogue year by year, runs from 13 to 22 April in Vienna, Graz, Salzburg and Villach, the VR films can be seen from18 to 22 April in Vienna.

More about LET’S CEE: www.letsceefilmfestival.com

 

Films shown with the support of United Nations | UN SDG Action Campaign

Clouds Over Sidra | USA 2015 | 9 min. | English | Chris Milk, Gabo Arora / UN SDG Action Campaign

Twelve-year-old Sidra walks us through her “home”, the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It houses 130,000 Syrian war refugees, half of them children.

Guardians of the Forest | BRA 2018 | 20 min. | English | Benjamin Ross, Brittany Neff / UN SDG Action Campaign

Activist Sônia takes the spectators to the Amazon’s rainforest, where their Guajajara people are fighting desperately against the destruction of their habitat.

Sea Prayer | UK 2017 | 7 min. | English | Khaled Hosseini / UN SDG Action Campaign On the second anniversary of the death of a three-year-old Syrian boy on the Greek coast, Khaled Hosseini wrote an imaginary letter of a Syrian father to his son.

Complete VR Programme:

Arctic 360 | UK 2016 | 3 min. | English | Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson / The Guardian A virtual reality trip to the Arctic, which was filmed under environmentally-friendly conditions, shows the terrible consequences of human behavior.

Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience | USA 2017 | 8 min. | English | Elise Ogle, Tobin Asher / Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab

You can experience what it’s like to be homeless, protect yourself and try to save your home while living on the street.

First Impressions | UK 2017 | 6 min. | English | Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson / The Guardian One experiences the first year of life from the viewpoint of a baby, interacting with the environment like a baby. A time span that none of us can remember.

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon | BRA/UK 2017 | 15 min. | English | James Manisty, Grace Boyle / Greenpeace International

An exceptional VR experience: We find ourselves amidst the indigenous Munduruku in Amazonia who, due to a dam project, have to struggle for existence.

 Notes to My Father | UK/USA 2017 | 12 min. | English | Javisha Patel / WIDE

Her father married her off when she was 13, but like many Indian girls, Ramadevi was then sold to a brothel. Now she fights against the sexual slave trade.

The Last Chair | NLD 2017 | 2 x 15 min. | Jessie van Vreden, Anke Teunissen / WIDE

A VR experience about the last phase of existence. You can immerse yourself in the lives of two old men preparing for their final days.

The Last Goodbye | USA 2017 | 20 min. | English | Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz / USC Shoah Foundation

In July 2016, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter visits the Majdanek concentration camp. The Last Goodbye is a testimony of love, compassion and the human spirit.


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Multi-sector partnerships and concrete actions are needed to achieve the SDGs

“SDGs is about people, this is about leaving no one behind, about creating a world for our current generations, for our future generations.”It has to be about having a new vision, a new paradigm with implementation from all sectors. We want Europe to be leading from the front and Belgium is in a strong position to be a champion of change.” Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, United Nations Representative in Belgium urged to innovative thinking, stronger partnerships and more ambition in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Combating inequality matters and our lifestyles matter to meeting the sustainable development goals. We need a whole of society approach and the center of gravity for political innovation lies within cities and people. We have an impressive set of initiatives run by associations in Belgium that provide civic platforms between people and the government.” Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food,  highlighted that we must all start changing the way we live.

On 23 November, representatives from private sector, local governments, civil society organisations and  students took part in a one-day inter-ministerial conference to tackle how Belgium can implement the Agenda 2030 and oversee a truly transformative multi-stakeholder approach.

The UN SDG Action Campaign, along with the UN and UNDP in Brussels, organized an SDG Action Zone, occupying a central space to engage visitors on the Sustainable Development Goals, bring the voices of children, men a women from around the world and their needs to the center of the discussions.

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Sustainable Development Goals in Sweden: Humans of MY World, Exhibits, MY World & more!

By UNDP in Sweden

UNDP in Sweden launched a Swedish version of Humans of MY World in July 2017 – a photo series about people whose stories and actions contribute to the implementation of the Global Goals. The purpose of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the goals, and highlight how individuals work to achieve the goals in Sweden, thus inspiring others to act and engage.

Swedish Humans of MY World exhibit

The stories in the Swedish version of the exhibit were collected by UNDP partly through direct requests to individuals whose work can be linked to one of the Global goals, but also through a shout-out in social media. Several impressive stories were received, and it is heartwarming to see how many people spend their time and energy to contribute to the achievement of the goals.

The exhibition was first displayed during the political week in Sweden, Almedalen, and was seen by approximately 8.000 people. In connection to the exhibition the visitors had the opportunity to participate in the MY World survey. MY World is the UN survey that asks citizens if they are aware of the Global Goals, which six of the 17 goals are of immediate concern to them and if the situation has gotten better, stayed the same or gotten worse over the past 12 months. Together the exhibition and the survey gives the visitors an opportunity to raise their voice and get inspired to take action for the goals.

Jan Eliasson in front of his own Humans of MY World photo and story!

The exhibition was also displayed at The Stockholm Act in August – a festival that focuses on activating and connecting research, politics, industry and especially arts and culture together to accelerate the transition to more sustainable development.

The exhibition will go on a tour to festivals, cultural events, conferences and other happenings in Sweden throughout the year. The photo series Humans of MY World is an important tool to show how we all play a role in the implementation of the goals and in the work for a sustainable future. We are ALL needed if we are to succeed, including YOU!

UNDP Sweden has an established partnership with Sida and with the Swedish Postcode Foundation that further expands the office’s communications work. The projects focus on raising awareness and engagement for the Global Goals in Sweden. Currently a digital campaign about the Global Goals is being planned, and a short film will be developed and distributed aimed at inspiring youth to get involved in the 2030 Agenda. In the beginning of 2018, UNDP Sweden will organize a gala for leaders from different sectors in Sweden, in order to build further momentum for the implementation of the goals. Stay tuned!

Humans of MY World in Sweden

Click the photo to visit the photo page on the Humans of MY World Facebook page.

Click the arrows on the sides to navigate the series.

About UNDP in Sweden

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, reduce inequalities, and build peaceful and sustainable societies. We help countries to develop policies, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP Sweden works to strengthen policies and frameworks for sustainable development, and support efforts to communicate and achieve the Global Goals.

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SDGs at the German Government’s Open Days

On 26th and 27th August 2017, the German Government held their annual Open Days, this year under the motto “Fancy a date with democracy?”.

People in Berlin had a chance to visit the German Chancellery and the Federal Ministries as well as the Press and Information Office. The UN SDG Action Campaign coordinated an interactive space on the SDGs at the Chancellery Gardens jointly with the German Chancellery sustainable development team and the German Council on Sustainable Development.

Overall, the Open Days attracted more than 120.000 visitors, including families and young people who all had the opportunity to interact with the German federal government and administration.

The Campaign team raised awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals and featured a range of innovative tools for citizen engagement. Children and adults were especially keen to try United Nations Virtual Reality and get an impression of what life is like in Liberia after Ebola, in a refugee camp in Jordan or in the Gaza strip. Many visitors took the opportunity to share their views on the Goals by taking the MyWorld 2030 survey and checking out the views of other citizens from around the world on the MYWorld 2015 and MyWorld 2030 data visualization platforms.

The Open Days also featured the Humans of My World exhibition, which showcases personal testimonies from around the world on why the SDGs matter to the people being quoted.

Read more about the Government’s Open Days 2017 on the website of the German Federal Government here (in German).

Stay up to date and catch the next SDG Action Campaign Hub by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Have your Say on the SDGs taking the MYWorld2030 survey.

Cycling across Europe for Climate Action

1 man, 1 woman, 2 bikes, 10,000 km and 9 months to complete it in.
Inka, 19 years old, and Fabian, 18, are two teenagers with a mission: cycling across Europe and discovering people engaged in making a difference for our climate. They are setting an example to many and their message is clear: a sustainable and carbon neutral way of travelling is possible and it does not take too much effort.

These young advocates are the Ambassadors for Climate Neutral Now, a project run by the UNFCCC.  They visited our Global Campaign Centre to learn about the SDGs, and tell us their story of how they became passionate activists for Climate Action. Meet them and be ready to be inspired! 


“People shouldn’t be scared of doing things just because it’s not what is expected. Just do it if you think it is important! ”
Inka – Climate Ambassador

They have so far cycled over 4,000 km to reach Germany from Porto, Portugal on their way to Greece, after which they will return to Bonn in time for the annual UN Climate Change Conference COP23 (6-17 November).

Along the way they are interviewing people from key projects and initiatives, focusing on the UNFCCC secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now and Momentum for Change initiatives but with a view to also seeing what key NGOs such as C40 Cities, their respective mayors and city administrations are doing in terms of climate action.
They agreed to record our chat in a live interview that went on line on the same day on Facebook and that is now available on YouTube as well.

The planned trip of Inka & Fabian
Credit: Europe on four wheels


They are still travelling through Europe and they will be spreading the word and raising awareness on what can people do to be Climate Neutral and try to combat climate change.

Follow them on their trip on Facebook, Instagram and their blog
If you wish to know more about the project and about Climate Action visit : UNFCCC Newsroom 

Inspired by this story? Discover other stories of how people are taking action for SDGs (Humans of MY World) or take action!  

SDGs at the European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are committed to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last year, both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation to reach the goals. To highlight the importance of this partnership and raise awareness about the SDGs with the EIB team, the European Investment Bank featured an SDG interactive exhibit on 28-30 June and EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle invited the EIB team to an SDG seminar with UNDP on 28 June.

Together with the UNDP family and the UN SDG Action Campaign, the EIB team became more engaged with the Goals and were empowered to learn more about what needs to be done to make the Goals a reality by 2030.

A participant views UN virtual reality films

The SDG exhibit featured UN Virtual Reality, a photo booth and materials about the SDGs. Many EIB staff members watched virtual reality films and gathered further information about the goals. Visitors to the stand were surprised how real the experience of the virtual reality films were and which insights they could provide into the life of those most affected by current humanitarian crises. This sparked many conversations about the goals and the impact they have on a global scale and how private sector partners like EIB could support them.

UN colleagues with President of the EIB, Dr. Werner Hoyer / Secretary-General, Klaus Trömel / and the Director of Institutional Strategy, Guido Bichisao

Dr. Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB, emphasized Goal #11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, as one of his personal priorities.

Participant at the SDG seminar

The UN SDG Action Campaign looks forward to working together with the UNDP family and the European Investment Bank on promoting and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sarah Uphoff, UN SDG Action Campaign, at the exhibit
How many SDG cubes can you sit on? Participants balance themselves on the cubes
Participants take a photo with the SDG wheel and signs

A New Narrative for Development: World’s Best News

Decades of negative communication about hunger and hopelessness in developing countries has resulted in a general public attitude that the fight against poverty does not work. We need a new narrative about global development: Nuanced and current knowledge creates hope – and hope creates motivation for action.

World’s Best News is an example of a unique partnership that brings together the UN and more than 100 NGOs and 100 private companies. Since 2010, the independent media platform World’s Best News has published news about progress and solutions to the world’s challenges to the Danish population. All uniting to spread news about progress on a variety of different platforms using the Sustainable Development Goals as the frame and constructive journalism as method. The aim is to connect civil society, business, and the citizens in the pursuit of a more informed and sustainable world.

A collaboration with DSB, the Danish Railways, made it possible to decorate and InterCity train with World’s Best News messages.

Today, World’s Best News is now an international network with sister organizations in Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland.

It is deeply ingrained in ‘classical’ journalism to focus on conflicts and problems in society. However, while being critical is essential to all objective reporting, the focus on conflicts often gets out of hand in the mainstream media. Instead, World’s Best News focus on progress, possibilities and solutions to the big challenges facing the world today.

“World’s Best News has shown that it is possible to change the world. You are creators of hope and perspective.”
Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen, Member of Danish Parliament.

“The collaboration with World’s Best News has made us reconsider our coverage of global issues. When you started with constructive journalism it influenced the rest of the content in our newspaper”
Jonas Ratje, Editor in Chief, Metroxpress.

Meet people with constructive and unexpected development news. That is the core objective of World’s Best News.
Credit: Louise Dyring Mbae

How and why this action impacts the people in the community ?
When more people know about the solutions to the world’s problems, they are more motivated to ensure these solutions will be implemented and put into action. When World’s Best News launched in 2010, 16% of the Danes believed there was progress in lifting people out of poverty; in 2016 this number increased to 32%.

We invite you to follow this special blog series on the High Level Political Forum 2017 “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” to find out more about the action taken by citizens and organizations of the country presenting their Voluntary National Review on the SDGs

How the United Nations is using Virtual Reality

On the 20 April, Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer of the UN SDG Action Campaign and project lead on UNVR, and David Cravinho, Global Fundraising Specialist for UNICEF presented at the Virtual Reality Show in London. Joining top brands from creative, technology, hardware agencies, as well as government institutions and NGOS, the show provided an opportunity to present the UNVR system’s achievements, future strategy and establish the UNVR brand as an industry leader in using interactive experiences for social impact.

In this video, Kristin Gutekunst gives an overview on the various ways the United Nations system has been using VR to allow people to step into the shoes of people around the world – creating deep human connections and fighting preconceptions. She discusses the many ways the UN system has been testing these films; potential impact on fundraising, high level advocacy, and educational programs. She also give hints about some of the big plans in store.

David Cravinho provides best practices and lessons learned on the initial findings from UNICEF’s global project to incorporate VR into their fundraising strategy, and showcases some of the innovative ways UNICEF National Committees are using it in the field through face-to-face-fundraising.

The show was an arena for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality professionals and enthusiasts to explore experiences, witness panels and meet the top brands and innovators working in the fields of social impact, education, automotive, gaming, medicine, amusement parks, space, etc.

For more information about the UNVR program, please visit www.UNVR.org