UN SDG Action Campaign at European Development Days

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On 15-16 June 2016,  the UN SDG Action Campaign jointly with the UN Brussels Team facilitated the setting up and coordination of an SDG Action Hub at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, Europe’s leading forum on sustainable development. For its tenth anniversary, EDD 2016 focused on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organized by the European Commission, EDD brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Watch our new video featuring highlights and prominent speakers from EDD 2016:

Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an unprecedented leap forward in the fight against poverty and inequalities, as well as in the struggle for environmental sustainability. The SDGs embody a universal, inclusive and transformative vision of development, which calls upon all Member States to ensure a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind.

UN team with World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban  Ki-moon and his wife Mrs. Ban, and European Commissioner Neven Mimica

The EDD provided a unique opportunity to generate momentum around Agenda 2030 in Europe and across the globe, and to reflect on the universal character of the Goals.

At this year’s forum, the United Nations (UN) showcased and celebrated the Agenda 2030’s inclusive spirit of leaving no one behind and the SDGs, which are truly the “peoples’ goals”. It also underscored the importance of citizen engagement and action-centered initiatives to deliver on the Agenda and achieve the Goals.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium visits the UN Stand

Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to learn more about the SDGs through new technologies such as virtual reality, and interact with the data generated from the MY World survey, as well as to promote the SDGs first-hand by having a say at the stand’s meeting point and taking pictures of themselves with the different Goals.

Visitors interact with data and watch virtual reality

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Humans of MY World is now in Rio!

RIo.jpgCountdown to Rio with the Humans of MY World!

With the arrival of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the world’s eyes are focused on Rio de Janeiro, the “marvelous city.” Known for its good vibes, warmth and joy, Rio de Janeiro is home to many local characters with inspiring stories to tell, whether in line at the bank, on the road or at happy-hour after work.

To honor the people of Rio in the lead up to the Olympics, Roberta Thomaz, member of the RIO+ Centre team set off for the streets of Rio to capture the peoples’ energy, creativity and hope in their attempt to live more sustainably. The RIO+ World Centre for Sustainable Development, a legacy of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), was set up to keep the commitment to sustainable development alive in both action and ideas. A partnership between the Government of Brasil and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based in downtown Rio, every day they inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice in an attempt to transform the urban daily life, artistic and social of Rio’s population.

All photos by Roberta Thomas

Join the 10 day countdown as we share the hopes and dreams of some of the local people of Rio by following the Humans of MY World on Facebook!


SDGs: A People-powered Agenda – Leave No One Behind

The SDGs Exhibition Launches July 18 at the United Nations!

Throughout the post-2015 process and following a call to action from the United Nations Secretary-General in 2012, over ten million people shared their hopes and dreams with the UN to help shape the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we enter the era of Agenda 2030, the challenge now is to show that the SDGs are in fact achievable through partnership and action from everyone everywhere.  Will YOU become a part of this movement to build a better world?



The exhibition recounts how millions of ordinary people have ensured the Sustainable Development Goals are a bold and ambitious agenda through the most inclusive and transparent process the UN has ever seen. It also provides some concrete examples of the actions people can take now to help their governments with the implementation of the SDGs by 2030.

We need YOU to help ensure the SDGs become widely known and to ensure that as the Agenda 2030 is implemented, and NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND.

The exhibition was curated, designed and produced by the UN SDG Action Campaign on behalf of the UN Development Group (UNDG), in partnership with: the Federal Government of Germany, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

It features voluntary input and stories from millions of people around the world through data visualizations, photographs, videos, virtual reality. It also allows interactive ways to share your opinion, make your commitment and explore how to take action on the SDGs.



The exhibition is open to the general public during official UN visiting hours, 418 July 18 – 7 September 2016,

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
All visitors must exit the building by 5:30pm

The entrance is at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Visitors without an official UN Pass will have to first obtain a guest pass at the screening station on 46th and 1st across the street from the UN. Be sure to bring a photo ID.

If your delegation or mission would like to schedule a special exhibition tour, please kindly contact Alice Chen at alice.chen@undp.org (6096510945)


MDGs to SDGs

MyWorld-29Learn about the process that led us from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals with a special emphasis on peoples’ voices. By using cutting edge technology and data visualizations, the voices of over 10 million people, especially the voices of the most vulnerable populations, are told through the following initiatives:

  • MY World 2015 Survey – over 10 million people, most of them youth, have told the UN their top six of sixteen priorities for a better world, data that has fed into the post-2015 agenda
  • World We Want – a knowledge platform hosting documentation, and data visualizations including those from online, national and thematic civil society consultations
  • Humans of MY World – a photo exhibition telling the stories of MY World voters around the world
  • Virtual Reality – immerse yourself in the life of some of the world’s most vulnerable using high-tech 3D VR headset

Action to Engagement Arena

MyWorld-53The action and engagement arena allows visitors to “get their hands dirty” and take action for furthering the SDGs: right here, right now! These are some of the ways to take action:

  • MY World Survey2030 – Modeled after the first phase of MY World, this citizen satisfaction survey will monitor Global Goal progress and allow further specialization at a local level
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment– tell us what you think would help to empower women economically by filling out our survey
  • Own Your Voice– Virtually “Meet” six young women from around the world who are using their voice to change the world, they are the Youtube Change Ambassadors!
  • Commitment Corner – How will you help achieve the SDGs by 2030? Make your commitment on our SDGs blackboard and take a selfie, tag us @SDGAction

There’s more, but you’ll have to come see for yourself. Visit the SDGs Exhibition before September 7th 2016 and see what actions you can take for the SDGs!


UN SDG Action Campaign at P368K school in Brooklyn: NYC Junior Ambassadors experience UN Virtual Reality

IMG_5434On Monday 27th of June the UN SDG Action Campaign visited the PS 368 Star Academy in East New York, Brooklyn to introduce them to the Sustainable Development Goals and Clouds Over Sidra, a film that is part of the UN Virtual Reality Series. The visit was on invitation of the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, and part of pilot testing the two entities have been engaged in to offer theses types of immersive experiences and create a lasting partnership for second year of the NYC Junior Ambassadors Program for students in NYC.

For the past year, the NYC Junior Ambassadors Program, a partnership between the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs and the UN, gave seventh graders in all five boroughs of New York City the opportunity to actively engage with today’s global challenges by looking closely at issues, such as Human Rights, and the refugees crisis.

The UN SDG Action Campaign began the workshop with some context about the Sustainable Development Goals, introducing the MY World 2030 survey. They then spoke with the students about their priorities for a better world and other opportunities and platforms for expressing their opinions.

The Campaign then gave a brief about the Syrian refugee crisis, followed by the opportunity to experience the consequences of the Syrian crisis through the eyes of a young Syrian refugee girl in the film, Clouds Over Sidra, part of the United Nations Virtual Reality Series. Students were excited about wearing the virtual reality headsets and using the innovative technology to enhance their classroom learning experience.

IMG_5429Several students were emotional when experiencing the story of a young Syrian refugee in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan up close. Being from a similar age group emphasized the daily struggles faced by Sidra and her life’s story marred by conflict. They were surprised about the conditions she lived in, and thoughtful about the extracurricular activities shown in the film. 

When asked to describe what they would tell Sidra if they had the opportunity, the students said:

  • “If I could talk to her I would say that she is still young, and she still has a great future ahead.”
  • “I would tell her that she has been through so much and that she is very strong.”
  • “I wish I could do something so she wasn’t in that situation. I didn’t like where she lived.”

The NYC Mayor’s Office and the UN SDG Action Campaign are encouraged by these types of reactions and hope to expand their relationship to offer it to more students in the upcoming school year.

Special thanks to Aissata Camara from the NYC Mayor’s Office for her continuous dedication to ensuring young people across the city have opportunities to learn about global affairs and the UN. Also a special thanks to P368 school, especially Ms. Alice Browne and her students for inviting the Campaign to their classroom with open arms.

African Youth SDGs Training launch report: Mainstreaming youth in the implementation of the SDGs in Cameroon & Nigeria

On February 10th as a followup activity after inception, trainers from AFPAFAM and COSADER trained thirty participants to become Ambassadors for the SDGs in the community of Pouma, Cameroon.

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Trainers along with the administrative and trade personnel

Ntiokam Divine, who initiated the training program, briefly outlined the objectives of the training. The training purpose was to explain the meaning of the SDGs and why they are important specifically for their community, to encourage the African youth to develop their own outreach strategies for achieving the SDGs locally, nationally and regionally, and also to engage youth in the SDGs by organizing leadership training and by focusing on their own local needs and priorities.

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SDG Priority workshop between schooled youth, the unschooled and disabled (visually impaired)

All participants joined five working groups to brainstorm on what SDGs means to them and equally to identify their priority areas as well as design concrete activities to address them as the main objective. The purpose of the working groups was for each team to identify 5 priority SDGs according to their own local realities such as in MY World 2030 global survey. It emerged from these workshops that the five SDGs that were prioritized by these ambassadors of Pouma were: 1. access to health, 2. poverty eradication, 3. the fight against hunger, 4. quality education, and 5. gender equality.

Today, 67, 038 people in Cameroon voted on MY World. Education, health care and clean water and sanitation are the top three key priorities.

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MY World 2015 Analytics for Cameroon

In parallel, on June 6th, 85 participants took part of the African Youth for SDGs Training Program in Anambra State, in Nigeria on “mainstreaming youth in the means of implementation of the SDGs in Igbo language”.

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A cross section of participants with Mr. Ejeguo Ogheneovo and Dr. Ejeatuluchukwu Obi

The strategy and rollout of the training was to ensure youths are well informed and own the 17 SDGs, which has been translated into local languages to enhance communication effectiveness, to establish SDGs Clubs in schools (nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions) in order to reach a broader target audience, and to endorse all trainees as SDGs Ambassadors within their respective communities, using tools such as MY World Survey and World We Want Platform.

More than 2,735,000 Nigerians has voted on MY World Survey! The top three priorities are education, healthcare and job opportunities.

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My World Analytics for Nigeria

The first lecture was on “What are the SDGS? What they stand for? And why they are important to us”. Dr Roland Okoli, Deputy Director Center for Sustainable Development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University defined the SDGs as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.” The second lecture was on “Engaging Youths in Achieving SDG 3: Eradication of ;HIV/AIDS.”

After the training, all participants shared their comments and contributions. As a conclusion, Mr. Ejeguo said they can become part of the SDGs advocacy and to accept the SDGs as the mile stone to transforming our world.