UN halfway to achieve crucial SDGs


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 15th Sept. The World body on Thursday announced that it is gearing up for the SDG Summit, at the start of the High Level debate in New York as it marked halftime for the crucial Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said “This is a moment of solidarity for our global village at our global Town Hall – the United Nations,”

During high-level week of the UNGA, the SDG Pavilion will host a series of Halftime Talks.

UN Office for Partnerships is working with Project Everyone, a not-for-profit communications agency co-founded by SDG Advocate and screenwriter Richard Curtis, in collaboration with renowned artist Es Devlin, to create the SDG Pavilion which will serve as a unique convening space and art exhibition.

All sessions are being streamed live and on demand. Streaming links to all sessions can be found here.

To use a sporting analogy, the world is currently down by a goal at halftime, but a second half comeback is always possible, Ms. Mohammad said.

The SDG Pavilion programming encourages participants to imagine securing that key win for the planet.

The Women Rise for All Lunch is set to become an annual event hosted by the DSG Ms. Mohammad focused on women’s leadership for the SDGs.

Ms. Mohammed, Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationSvenja Schulze, Germany’s Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Lilly Singh, author and actress will take part..

The Halftime Show will provide a platform for the UN to set the agenda on SDG Goals-related issues and encourage a week of decisive and transformative action.

The key contributions from the world of entertainment and music, through to Heads of State and activists, it will ensure media and decision-makers pay attention to what is said and inspire a truly action-focused UNGA78 at the Pavilion.

Orlando Bloom, actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist and UN Messenger of Peace, and SDG Advocate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, movie star Forest Whitaker are few names.

This segment will feature in-depth discussions around climate justice, including on early warning systems as an important measure to save lives and protect livelihoods from loss and damage.

Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Google; Jevanic Henry, Member of UN Youth Advisory Group; Hindou Ibrahim, SDG Advocate and Dwikorita Karnawati, Director, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Permanent Representative of Indonesia are featured speakers .

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