There are a couple of months of really important global actions revolving around climate change and sustainable development. We are heading towards COP26 at the start of November, but it all kicks off this week with the Global Week to Act for Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Week to #Act4SDGs, runs from 17-28 September and aims to drive collective action, mobilizing key stakeholders from all sectors to drive change while reminding world leaders that people around the world are doing their part to accelerate progress on the SDGs.
This week is also the high-level week of the UN General Assembly, and it amis to drive action forward through the Food Systems Summit, pre-COP in Milan, and of course COP 26 itself in Glasgow.
Now in its fifth year, the Global Week to #Act4SDGs has grown from strength to strength. In 2021 the aim is to involve at least 100 million people in taking individual and collective actions towards the sustainable development goals. 56 million took part last year, and the ambitious overall target is to mobilise a billion actions by 2030.
People around the world are joining in solidarity to show there is hope following the pandemic, and that we can turn it around for a healthy, just and green recovery, aiming to get back on track and keep the promise of the SDGs in this decisive decade counting down to 2030.
This year the week will feature a creative and open source individual action campaign, with strong social media and out of home manifestations capturing the imagination of new and younger audiences, many of whom are increasingly conscious of how they live, work, travel and consume. This year’s creative campaign will focus on putting the individual in the picture and driving home the message that there is hope beyond the pandemic and that we can all be part of the solution, inviting everyone to play their part in turning it around.
Even though the week is already staring, it's not too late to take part, either by organising an action, joining an existing action or event, or just promoting things that others are doing.
Each year a broad spectrum of people take part from: civil society organizations, grassroots groups, individuals, faith-based organizations, museums, schools, local and national governments, private sector, service clubs, youth groups, artists, social enterprises, activists and academics from around the world.
Decent jobs, social protection, quality education and health services, climate action, clean water. All people desire these. The Sustainable Development Goals are meant to deliver them, leaving no one behind.
While the current moment of global crisis poses great risks, it also offers hope for sweeping changes, on the scale the Goals demand. People at large are coming forward to steer a new course for their world, joining governments, businesses and diverse organizations. Their common call: Act now. Achieve justice and human well-being. Heal our planet.
The UN SDG Action Campaign joins committed individuals, organizations and growing SDG networks to channel the power of people to act on the Goals – and inspire others to do the same.
To find out more and see how you can be a part of it all, take a look at the official website: act4sdgs.org