Advancing partnerships to accelerate #SDGInnovation

The SDG Innovation High-Level Event at the UN General Assembly  brought together governments, the UN-System, Technology leaders and relevant partners to share best ideas, inform policy and inspire collective action for the SDGs 

We would like to thank everyone, especially our inspiring speakers and colleagues for a vibrant #SDGInnovation forum at the 72nd UN General Assembly.

On Monday 18 September, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (UN Global Pulse) and the SDG Action Campaign convened governments, CEOs of major technology leading companies and innovators at the High-Level Event on SDG Innovation during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly

This unique event exposed governments to breakthrough ideas and innovations available, and leading tech innovators to the concrete problematics and challenges of countries in advancing the Agenda 2030.

The event opened with inspiring remarks from H.E. Miroslav Lajčák President of the United Nations General Assembly, stressing the need for collaboration and strong partnerships to solve the global challenges humanity is facing:

“No matter how powerful or creative an institution or an individual might be, no one can solve today’s complex challenges alone. The solutions must involve everyone – governments, academia, the private sector, youth, civil society, and innovators like you.
“We have seven billion minds on the planet that must be engaged in finding solutions to the intractable challenges facing humanity today. Innovation and technology enables collaboration across boundaries and time. Let us unleash innovation to unlock the potential of every person everywhere, especially young people.” H.E. Miroslav Lajčák President of the United Nations General Assembly

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn delivered and inspiring Keynote focusing on partnerships and the power of networks. Followed by Marc Benioff, Founder and CEO of Salesforce in conversation with Ashish Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group and Chair of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.

“To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals governments, NGOs and the private sector must all work together to unleash a massive wave of entrepreneurship that generates the breakthrough companies at a record pace. That is how we will create greener power, distribute more food and create hundreds thousands of new jobs for the growing middleclass. To succeed we need networks; networks of capital, networks of expertise, networks of customers, networks of distribution and networks of transport” Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn 
 “Technology is never good or bad, it’s what you do with it that matters.” “The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. How do we harness the power of new tech for Sustainable Development innovation and good?” Marc Benioff, Founder and CEO of Salesforce 

Among the group of participants were:

  • H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
  • H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, United Arab Emirates
  • Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman Mozilla
  • Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chair of Dangote Group
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chair of Bharti Enterprises
  • Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and WikiTribune
  • David Wallerstein, Chief Exploration Officer, Tencent
  • Badr Jafar, Investor and CEO Crescent Group
  • James Manyika, Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute
Adoption of any kind of social disruption is impossible for the public or private sector alone. Thanks to close cooperation between public and private sector, Estonia is the only nation in the world which offers 24/7 online services to it’s people. H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia

You missed it or want to review the inspiring ideas shared during the session? You can watch the whole event again here:

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The result was a greater understanding of the key success factors in harnessing innovation to accelerate delivery on the SDGs.

Let’s maintain and ramp up the momentum started by the High-Level SDG Innovation forum, build strong partnerships and together accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

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SDG Action Campaign @ Media for Social Impact Summit

The UN SDG Action Campaign is excited to participate in the Media for Social Impact Summit, 14 September 2017 at the UNHQ in NY. Our Global Director, Mitchell Toomey will give a keynote address regarding Action for the SDGs, and Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer of the UNVR project, will moderate an exciting panel: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Virtually Reporting the Realities of the SDGs.

The Media For Social Impact Summit is an annual event that unites representatives of leading media companies, advertising firms and creative agencies with high-level United Nations representatives and communication experts to highlight the power of media to drive social change and strategize campaigns around pressing global issues. Organized by the United Nations Office for Partnerships & PVBLIC Foundation, the summit showcases innovative social campaigns and movements through keynotes, interviews, case studies and roundtables and provides a unique opportunity for delegates to network and learn from the brightest minds in media and build lasting partnerships that further social progress.

We’ll be presenting with the following:

 

(3:30-3:40) How can the media support action on SDGs?

Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of UN SDG Action Campaign (Keynote Address)

(5.40-6.10) Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Virtually Reporting the Realities of the SDGs

VR, AR & MR are set to be mediums that effectively transform our world in the coming years. This panel will introduce VR as an impactful new tool for media. It will deep dive into the results of a successful UN integrative VR campaign and discuss how VR can democratize citizen journalism and access to training to spur activism for the SDGs through advocacy, education and training programs.

  • Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer, UN VR, New Media & Immersive Content, UN SDG Action Campaign (Moderator)
  • Frank Smyth, Executive Director, Global Journalist Security
  • Dimitri Moore, Video Producer & Digital Storytelling Coach, Digital Promise Global
  • Rachel Henderson, Communications Manager, Under the Net, UN Foundation
  • Jessica Lauretti, Head of RYOT Studio
  • Phoenix Eyre, Chief Executive Officer The Genesis Development Collaborative, Inc.

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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Twitter: @UNDP_Sweden

Are you up to the challenge? Call for proposals: UNVR App

SUMMARY

We believe that virtual reality has the ability to unlock real potential for change. We have already witnessed the positive effects that early UNVR content has had on small groups via targeted screenings, and are now seeking to move our project to scale. That’s why we’re calling for the support of the international creative & tech community!

The UNVR project is seeking the services of an experienced team for the creation of an application that will host 360 video, and eventually room scale virtual reality content from across the UN system. This app will also be an environment to suggest ways to make impact, such as educational curricula, fundraising links, advocacy initiatives, etc.

To apply, please send a proposal to support@sdgactioncampaign.org by 31 August 2017. Extra consideration will be paid to those applications with reduced or pro bono suggestions. Please see the full terms of reference for more details below!

 

BACKGROUND

About Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

In September 2015, countries ratified the new Global Sustainable Development Agenda, with the target of creating a better world for people and planet and leaving no one behind. Agenda 2030 and the 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. The realization of this agenda will require the existence of sufficient political will and the generation of an enabling environment for citizens to actively engage in the implementation, monitoring and review efforts.

This presents the opportunity for renewed energy for global action to build a more equal and peaceful world. In effort to build global awareness and people’s’ participation in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals between now and 2030, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign is working with innovative partners to capture the attention and imagination of people who might not otherwise be aware of major development issues in their countries or locally.

About the UN SDG Action Campaign http://un.org/sdgaction

The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of UN Secretary-General, administered by the UN Development Programme and mandated to support the UN system-wide and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With a proven track record since 2002, it empowers and inspires people across the world to take action in supporting their governments, building multi-stakeholder partnerships and leveraging cutting-edge communication technologies to bridge the gap and ensure a transparent dialogue between world leaders and their constituencies, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. Through virtual reality (UNVR), new and traditional media, and other immersive experiences, the UN SDG Action Campaign leverages new technology and creative storytelling to empower individuals to share personal anecdotes of the SDGs. These initiatives create a bridge of understanding, empathy and collective accountability for building a better world and achieving the SDGs by 2030.

About UNVR http://unvr.org

Since 2015, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign has coordinated the United Nations Virtual Reality Project, using the power of immersive storytelling to inspire viewers towards increased empathy, action and positive social change. The project unites the UN system’s immersive content under one brand and distribution system, allowing the system to mutually leverage each other’s expertise and to collaborate.  The films provide a deeper understanding for those living in the most complex development challenges, catalyzing urgency for those most in danger of being left behind if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not met. It highlights those already creating solutions to inspire a sense of shared responsibility and collective action, however small. It will seek to capture the common human experiences that individuals face and showcase UN solutions and results that are both uplifting and enduring. It will illustrate partnerships with government especially at the local level, and show how the UN helps meet national priorities through sustainable development. By sharing these VR experiences the SDG Action Campaign is hoping to inspire change that improves peoples’ lives and creates the world we all want.

Building upon its mandate to amplify the voices of those who are often unheard, particularly the world’s most vulnerable, the project will also work to build partnerships that empower storytellers with sharing their talents by connecting people from the diplomatic, tech and creative world to innovate upon how VR stories are created, shared, and used for impact. Through such partnerships, UNVR aims to ensure a diversity of voices are heard and empowered with the right technology and mentoring. It will also allow people with the power to make a difference have a deeper understanding of their world, and hopefully to act to make a difference.

The Campaign created its first 360’ film in January, 2015. The project targeted decision makers primarily in the first phase of the Virtual Reality Project to spread awareness and create empathy; coordinating a series of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, and media moments to further elevate the critical issues it addressed. The films were screened at the most important diplomatic forums to use in high level advocacy and policy impact, shown to decision makers as encouragement for them step into the shoes of their constituencies & take bold actions, creating media attention and momentum.

The films have helped position the UN brand positively, showcasing the organization’s ability to lead in both innovative technologies and storytelling. It has spearheaded a shift in storytelling, amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable people who are in danger of being left behind, while allowing these individuals to tell their own story with dignity. Finally it has allowed the UN system to unite under one platform to share resources and address cross-cutting issues.

Initial findings from testing VR for fundraising have shown the ability to inspire large increases in face-to-face fundraising across a variety of different variables, including: increased propensity to stop and engage; increased inclination to donate after engagement; increased average donation value. Apart from this, it was also found that the VR experience enables access to better locations and venues so that more individuals can witness the content.

The Campaign has ambitious plans to package each of the films in different ways so that they may be used by a variety of stakeholders to continue to raise awareness and for the complex global issues highlighted, especially for young people around the world. In addition to showcasing the VR experience at high-level UN meetings, the SDG Action Campaign is working with partners to create advocacy platforms, awareness and fundraising campaigns. Films will be distributed widely to raise the profile of individual issues with the purpose of helping raise resources and to promote awareness, as we have seen with previous VR documentaries from the UN SDG Action Campaign.  

By partnering with leaders in the field of new technologies for education and communication, the Campaign wishes to develop kits and curricula so that the films may be used in classrooms across the world to promote understanding, empathy and critical thinking for young people – connecting them across the globe. Initial testing has shown that VR is an effective tool to build context, awareness and interest for understanding and discussing real world situations. Through an open sourced app and accompanying curriculum, teachers can use it as a guided learning tool, inspiring brainstorming on ways to create real change.

 

UNVR APP

The UNVR app will allow the UNVR project to move to scale, creating an tool for advocacy, fundraising, and education. The UNVR app will serve as a home for some of this select content and encourage people to take actions related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN produced films have traditionally lived on third party VR apps. The UNVR app will centralize the content being made into one platform, solving the critical need for a distribution method for the UN System. The app will include action-oriented messaging and links to complimentary campaigns so viewers can directly have an outlet for responding to the content.

In the future we foresee the project working as a distribution platform, and also a catalyzing agent to host educational information and curriculum, and to provide ways to take action on the issues contained within. It will serve as another critical open source tool for citizens around the world to easily contribute and campaign for the SDGs.

Criteria for first phase release

  • Display 360 VR video
  • Integrate audio formats for current content and Integrate dynamic audio formats such as .Mp3 and .tbe
  • Intro screen with multiple tour option, where user can select content/Scene by sliding the screen.
  • White labeled custom branding
  • Content to be categorised using a given taxonomy by UN Agency, region, SDG, topic and custom tags.
  • Keyword search for contents using the taxonomy and tags above.
  • In-app push notification functions.
  • ‘Sticky’ functionality for preferred placement in list for certain contents.
  • Click on title, thumbnail or short description brings audience to title page with more info with credits.
  • Hotspot option to display more info on the scene.
  • Click, GYRO and accelometer sensors based on app capabilities. When user gazes/clicks a link icon it should directly navigate to the content.
  • Users can navigate initially from device without HMD or while in HMD.
  • Universal access through WebVR or similar service.
  • Available on App stores for Google and Apple.
  • Action buttons after each video.
  • App will be dynamic for input from the UN which can be updated with new content from the UN side using specific style guides.
  • VR Analytics: Integrate with a 3rd party app provided by the UN that has normal analytics plus 360′ heat maps; advanced tech for emotional tracking to use head movements to decipher head movements and behavioral insights of users.
  • Supports branching narratives in 360 video.
  • Supports room-scale experiences.
  • Linked to SteamVR, Oculus and other non app or HMD specific storefronts.
  • Live streaming capabilities.
  • Multilingual capability for content and the app.

Criteria for next phase development (wishlist)

  • Supports branching narratives in 360 video
  • Supports room-scale experiences
  • Linked to SteamVR, Oculus and other non app or HMD specific storefronts

Format, branding

Appealing apps to model off of:

  • NY Times App
    • Positive: playlist capabilities, clean layout,
    • Negative: lacks an overarching search matrix of playlists, not easy to find new content in this layout
  • Within
    • Positive: new release notification on thumbnail. Download/stream buttons easy. Not easy to find content in this layout.
    • Negative: no further contextualized information listed
  • UNICEF 360
    • Positive: Donate button. Introductory video about the project, links to About Us Canada to drive towards further info.
    • Negative: lack of overarching info about the project and how it integrates into unicef – fragments UN messaging.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. At least 3 years of demonstrated experience (sample work available on app stores) in developing apps for hosting content (preferably VR).
  2. Ability to design interactive user experiences that span across multiple app stores.
  3. Previous experience in working with the UN is highly desirable but not required.

 

DELIVERABLES:

  1. A VR app that will be supported for 1 year for maintenance after sign off on delivery by the UN.
  2. The application to be available on Apple, Android, VIVE, Oculus, Daydream and webVR.
  3. All source code and completed documentation handed over to the UN at the sign off off the project.
  4. All 3rd party servers and SAAS apps used  to be purchased (should be included in the financial proposal) for 1 year and credentials handed over to the UN at sign off.
  5. A detailed cost projection for 2nd year based on 3rd party servers and subscriptions used.
  6. Knowledge transfer of how to add new content and make minor UI updates such as adding new logos.

 

TO APPLY

Please send a detailed proposal to support@sdgactioncampaign.org with the subject: UNVR App Proposal by 31 August 2017. Proposals should address the listed qualifications and include a methodology, timeline, and supporting documentation that will help our consideration in choosing the best content proposal. Extra consideration will be paid to those applications with reduced or pro bono suggestions. During launch, a PR strategy will acknowledge the firm that produces the content, and proper accreditation will be paid as agreed.

Campeones por los océanos – Perú, por nuestros océanos, por nuestro futuro.

Publicado por: Rosario del Pilar Díaz Garavito – The Millennials Movement Founder and CEO

Los océanos ofrecen a la humanidad una infinidad de recursos y beneficios que impactan en la vida de las personas de manera directa o indirecta, además de ser un regulador del clima por excelencia los océanos brindan la posibilidad de dinamizar economías locales, proveen de alimentos nutritivos a las diferentes comunidades, entre otros beneficiosSin embargo este recurso y el ecosistema marino se ven amenazados día a día por diversas situaciones que se presentan en el área terrestre como en los mismos océanos, temas como contaminación, acidificación de los océanossubsidios pesqueros, generan daños en el ecosistema marino impactando de manera negativa en la comunidad global. 

Por lo que, en el marco del llamado global para proteger los océanos, realizado en la Conferencia Sobre los Océanos y las acciones enmarcadas en el Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 14: Vida Submarina, desde The Millennials Movement, organización miembro del grupo de políticas estratégicas de la plataforma El Mundo Que Queremos, nos sumamos a las acciones para proteger este recurso de la mano con el Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas en el Perú CINU Lima, mediante la iniciativa Campeones por los Océanos.

Campeones por los Océanos busca sensibilizar a las y los estudiantes de escuelas en diferentes regiones del Perú sobre la importancia de los océanos, la problemática existente, las oportunidades que este recurso representa y su articulación con la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luego del espacio de sensibilización las y los estudiantes participan de un taller en el cual por equipos formulan propuestas para proteger los océanos desde sus escuelas, las mismas que son sometidas a un proceso de votación por los mismos estudiantes. Una vez seleccionada una de las propuestas presentadas, ésta es tomada por los estudiantes y autoridades de la institución educativa como un compromiso para proteger los océanos desde su escuela. 

El lanzamiento de la iniciativa y primera intervención se dio en el Colegio Mayor Secundario Presidente del Perú – COAR Lima, el 8 de junio en el marco del Día Mundial de los Océanos. Fueron 100 jóvenes quienes participaron de la conferencia de sensibilización que contó con la participación de representantes Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas Perú – CINU Lima, The Millennials Movement y la iniciativa Hazla por tu Playa. Asimismo se difundieron los recursos educativos de la iniciativa La Lección Más Grande del Mundo a las y los estudiantes, quienes también recibieron materiales informativos y participaron de la encuesta Mi Mundo 2030.

Posteriormente una delegación de 40 estudiantes participaron de un taller para desarrollar propuestas y elegir una de ellas como compromiso para proteger los océanos desde su escuela. Así mismo se desarrollaron intervenciones en el Colegio De la Salle en Lima, y en el Colegio de Alto Rendimiento COAR Cajamarca, siendo que en esta última se contó con la participación de la Red Interquorum Cajamarca. Desde la segregación de sus residuos en escuelas, ferias de materiales reciclados, hasta sensibilización de los otros salones de estudiantes fueron los compromisos recabados por nuestros “Campeones por los Océanos”. 

Difundir entre jóvenes las premisas que sustentan la importancia de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, es una de las principales tareas del Centro de Información de las Naciones Unidas (CINU Lima). Es por eso que para el CINU fue sumamente importante haber organizado una reunión con jóvenes estudiantes del Colegio Presidente del Perú (COAR Lima) precisamente el Día Internacional de los Océanos porque nos permitió no solo ofrecerles información sobre los ODS y en específico delODS 14: Vida Submarina, sino que también nos permitió conocer de sus ideas sobre la importancia de estos objetivos y de su determinación para llevar a cabo una acción concreta. En esta tarea fue importante contar con otros jóvenes, ya comprometidos con esta tarea, como The Millennials Movement. Forjar estas alianzas entre los mismos jóvenes es clave para progresar en la Agenda 2030.” 

Christian Sánchez – Oficial Nacional de Información, Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas CINU Lima

Según el Banco Mundial, el Perú se encuentra entre los principales productores de pesca en el mundo gracias a su ubicación geográfica, que le permite capturar cerca del 20% del total mundial de peces, sobre todo especies pequeñas como la anchoveta. Dicha pesca es de vital importancia para la economía nacional; en la última década ha representado un promedio del 7% del total de nuestras exportaciones.La actividad pesquera aporta al país un alimento nutritivo que contiene 20% de proteínas, lo que supera a las carnes vacuna y avícola, que proveen un 18%. Además, abastece de materia prima a la industria harinera y de aceite de pescado. Su contribución es significativa, pues llega a cerca del 1% del producto bruto interno del país (PBI)1.

Las acciones continuarán en las escuelas de las diferentes regiones de Perú de la mano de The Millennials Movement y otros aliados locales, contribuyendo así con las acciones del movimiento en el marco del compromiso hasta el 2018 para proteger los océanos. Conozca más del compromiso en el siguiente enlace: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=16442 

Agradecimientos al equipo de The Millennials Movement y a la organización LigaJoc por realizar las tomas fotográficas. 

#SalvemosNuestrosOcéanos #ODS14 #Perú2030 #Voces2030 #PeoplesActions2030

 1 Fuente: http://www.elperuano.pe/noticia-potencial-pesquero-50659.aspx

20 years of the United Nations in Germany

For more than 20 years, the United Nations has a permanent place in Germany. Through the exhibition “The United Nations in Germany: Commitment to Agenda 2030” the Federal Foreign Office welcomes the public to explore and find out about their commitment on sustainability, climate protection and refugee and migration issues. The exhibition can be visited at the Federal Foreign Office premises in Berlin until 10th May 2017.

“We take the still steadily growing presence of the world organization in the former federal capital Bonn and at six other German locations as an occasion to honor the diverse activities of the United Nations.” Dr. Cyrill Nunn from the Federal Foreign Office welcomed the audience and stressed Germany´s commitment to the United Nations and to the Agenda 2030.

Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Federal Foreign Office, Germany welcomes the exhibition participants  Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net 

UN Bonn comprises of 19 organizations and serves to help governments and people find answers and ways for humanity to achieve a sustainable future on this planet. The UN SDG Action Campaign, one of the newest members of the United Nations in Bonn, opened the exhibition.

Xavier Longan, SDG Action Campaign Europe Focal Point, expressed, “Beyond government, we need different stakeholders to be actively involved as well as youth, civil society, cities and business.  Together we can achieve the SDGs by 2030! To collaborate, we need to communicate and build understanding of other perspectives, experiences and needs as a basis for working together towards shared goals.” 

Xavier Longan, Europe Focal Point of the SDG Action Campaign, welcomes the attendees and emphasizes the importance of cooperation among governments, private sector and citizens to make sure we make the SDGs a reality by 2030. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net  

By using interactive elements, participants can understand what the agenda means for people around the world and which topics are most important to them. Participants also had the opportunity to take a seat at the “SDGs corner”, take pictures with those SDGs closest to their friends and family and make real commitments to take action by sending a postcard to their “Future Selfs”.

Attendees experience United Nations Virtual Reality (unvr.org). UNVR shows the human story behind development challenges, allowing people with the power to make a difference have a deeper understanding of their world. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net
A participant at the exhibition sends a postcard to his #FutureSelf committing to take action for the SDGs. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net
At the SDG corner participants play, interact and take photos with the SDGs closest to their friends and families. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net

The Exhibition will be open until May 10th 2017 and is free for the public.
To know more about the UN in Bonn go to www.unbonn.org
or here to know more about the exhibition. 

German Industry and the SDGs

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)  kicked off a series of joint workshops entitled “Sustainably successful: Industry and the SDGs”  in Berlin on Thursday 23rd March 2017.  The objective of the event and subsequent workshops is to discuss how German industry can successfully support the implementation of the SDGs and what the business case for such action is.

Dr. Antje von Dewitz, Heike Spielmans, Dr. Stefan Mair and Gunther Beger at the panel discussion

The event was kicked off by Secretary of State Thomas Silborn on behalf of BMZ and by Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, on behalf of BDI. The SDG Action Campaign was represented by Susanne Salz, who introduced the SDGs and their global context.

Dr Antje von Dewitz, CEO of outdoor sports brand Vaude giving the keynote
Credit: BDI

The keynote by Dr Antje von Dewitz, CEO of outdoor sports brand Vaude (links to https://www.vaude.com/en-GB), gave an excellent example of a company who combines caring for people, planet and profit in their successful business. Dr van Dewitz asked the assembled business representatives whether they would prefer to be a sustainability leader now or a mere follower in 10 years. We hope many choose the former option and remain ready to partner with interested companies.

MY World and the Millennium Development Goals in Castilla and León, Spain

SonoramaMY World and the Millennium Development Goals were presented at Sonorama, an alternative music festival in Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain from the 13 through 16 of August, 2014. There were 114 bands performing on 11 stages. The town welcomed over 45,000 visitors during these days.

“Sonorama is not only a music festival; it is a big gathering for friends from all over. We know that the people of Castilla and León embrace the aspect of solidarity in Sonorama,” said Matilde Aparicio of the Cooperation and Development Service of the Council of Castilla and León.

SonoramaAround town, there were two public voting events with the MY World podium. At the festival, there was an exhibit featuring the Millennium Development Goals and MY World. Also, a video encouraging people to vote on MY World was projected on giant screens on the concert stage.

“I believe MY World is an initiative in which everyone can participate and add their ideas, and have a moment to express their thoughts to the world. We need to ensure that more people know about the campaign in order to achieve and succeed,” said volunteer Laura Lopez.

Sonorama“To be able to advance, it is important to know where we have to go. The MY World campaign allows us to decide our goals, and together unite forces to achieve the world we want,” said Rocío Sastre of the Service of Cooperation and Development of the Council of Castilla and León.

View event photos

أي تونس نريد؟ / The Tunisia We Want

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Post by Youssef Cherif  and Aida Robbana, UNITED NATIONS Tunisia

طرحنا هذا السؤال على مئات المواطنين، فوجدناهم مستعدين للإجابة، بل ويقترحون حلولاً. طبعاً تونس ليست كباقي البلدان، فمنها إنطلق الربيع العربي وإثر انتفاضتها تغيرت نظرة حكومات العالم لشعوبها. لكن تحمس الذين قابلناهم للمشاركة، وأملهم في المستقبل، كانت حقيقةً فوق المتوقع.

خذ مثلاً اختيارنا للولايات التي ستشملها استشارتنا. فقد وضعنا، لضيق الوقت، خمسة ولايات للأشهر الثلاث التي ستدوم فيها الإستشارة الوطنية. غير أن الطلبات تعددت في الأثناء وها نحن اليوم نظيف ولايتين إلى المجموع، ولسنا سوى في شهرنا الأول.

كما أن مبادرة الدولة التونسية بتبني “العالم الذي نريد” وتحويله إلى منتوج وطني، “تونس التي نريد”، كانت دفعاً إيجابياً في تحديد مسارنا وحاسمةً في انتشارنا على نطاق أوسع. فقد أخذت كتابة الدولة للتنمية والتعاون الدولي، وزارة الإشراف، إستقصاء “ماي وورلد” وإستمدو منه نسخةً تستجيب إلى الخصوصيات التونسية، وزعت على اداراتهم الفرعية التي وفرتها بدورها لمنظمات المجتمع المدني.

وزار فريقنا حتى الآن ثلاث جهات، ألا وهي بنزرت في اقصى شمال تونس، وصفاقس ومدنين في الجنوب. وكانت اللقاءات تشاركية فيها ممثلو المجتمع المدني والمسؤولون الرسميون.

وقد ظهرت نقاط كبرى ركز عليها أغلب من استشرناهم.

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فالحوكمة الرشيدة، كما ردد عدد من التونسيين، هي ركيزة تقدم كل المجالات الأخرى. كيف نقاوم الفساد عندما تحمي الدولة الرشوة؟ هل يمكن الحديث عن حقوق في بلد لا يقوم مسؤولوه بواجباتهم؟ نجد هنا صدًى لأحد أهم شعارات الثورة التونسية، التي قامت ضد العادات السيئة لتسيير الدولة. وثار بعض المتحدثين ضد البيروقراطية المعطلة للتنمية، خصوصاً فيما يتعلق بالمواطنين بالخارج عندما ينوون الإستثمار في تونس. وطالب بعضهم بضرورة وقف مظاهر التهريب الذي يضر بالتنمية، وبمكافحة الهجرة -سواءً غير الشرعية أو الداخلية- التي تعصف بالشباب، روح التنمية المحلية. وربما كان هدف الدعوة لتشريك المجتمع المدني في كل قرارات السلطة ومشاوراتها، من قبل عدد من المشاركين، تعبيراً عن شعور بالمسؤولية المواطنية في تقويم سياسة الدولة.

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The World Youth Want on International Youth Day

2014.08.14 Youth day

 

On 12 August, 2014 – youth around the world celebrated International Youth Day. The World Federation of United Nations Associations & their Youth Network made this wonderful video in honor of the event:

To mark this day, The World We Want 2015 published a new Youth Report [download here], which analyzes various visualizations hosted on the platform. Thus far, 2.2 million youth have voted in MY World. Their top priorities are:

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Youth issues are similarly highlighted in the World We Want 2015 Visualizations, with top mentions: Women, Development, Education, Employment, Children, Population, Health, Social.

2014.08.14 Youth WWW

What is the world you want?