SDGs at Norway Cup

At Norway Cup this year, the Sustainable Development Goals were everywhere. Prime Minister Solberg made sure to attend and advocate the importance of teamwork for achieving the SDGs, and including mental health in the measure of Good Health and Wellbeing.

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Ben Schaare
Project Everyone calls on the next British Prime Minister to take the lead on the Global Goals

SDG Advocate Richard Curtis and Project Everyone Co-Founder Kate Garvey attended the UK’s International Development Committee Meeting on 11 June to talk about the UK’s need to step up their action on the Sustainable Development Goals. This included a direct message to the next British Prime Minister that they must attend the United Nations SDG Summit in September around the General Assembly week.

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Quality Education for Vulnerable Children: HM Queen Mathilde in Kenya

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians goes on a UNICEF-led mission to Kenya. UNICEF supported schools for displaced children in remote villages and refugee camps offered the mission an opportunity to engage local authorities on important efforts to provide quality education and health care for vulnerable peoples. Her Majesty was accompanied by her daughter, Princess Elisabeth.

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Bringing the Global Goals to London Tech Week

Jeffrey Sachs and Richard Curtis both attended the CogX Festival of Emerging Technology and used the platform to emphasis the importance of the SDGs and their inherent connection to innovation, economy, and the future of work. Curtis participated in various events during London Tech Week and his organization, Project Everyone, ensured the SDGs were front and center throughout the entire week.

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Women Deliver in 2019

At the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver Canada, two SDG Advocates shared the stage to discuss The Power of Us - how can the world build effective partnerships to ensure gender equality for everyone? President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr. Alaa Murabit agreed that women need to be included in the decision making processes that shape countries if sustainable development is to last.

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Migration, Agriculture, and Rural Development - Graça Machel at the FAO

At the 41st Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Mrs. Graça Machel challenged the ministers, ambassadors, and government officials gathered to remember their commitments to the SDGs. She lamented the loss of urgency in ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth. In a stirring speech, she called her audience to action.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde at EDD19

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2019 European Development Days on 18 June in Brussels. Her remarks covered the urgency of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and their inherent interconnectness.

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"The Age of Interdependence" How Will We Share Our Common Digital Future?

After nine months of interviews and research, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Co-Chaired by SDG Advocate Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, released a report on 9 June titled “The Age of Interdependence.” It provides guidance on how to build partnerships to address the emerging challenges of this digital era. The report breaks into five sections: 1. Inclusive Digital Economy and Society; 2. Human and Institutional Capacity; 3. Human Rights and Human Agency; 4. Trust, Security and Stability; and 5. Global Digital Cooperation.

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The Sahel - A Land of Opportunity

Hindou Ibrahim on A Land of Opportunity in the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid land between the Sahara desert and the rain forests of the South. The vast potential of the Sahel is to hold back spreading desertification from the Sahara and create sustainable communities around ecological restoration and clean energy infrastructure. Hindou talks about a bold new initiative delivering on that potential, introduced at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

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Jeff Sachs Brings the SDGs to the Vatican

Jeffrey Sachs spoke and helped organize a meeting between Pope Francis, finance ministers for many nations, and the President of the UN General Assembly on the SDGs and the emerging crises of climate change. Hosted in the Vatican by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the discussion outlined steps the finance ministers should be taking as stewards of the world’s finances to align with climate science and the ethics of human dignity. As a thought leader in sustainable economics, Jeffrey Sachs echoed His Holiness’ call for decisive action on the goals outlined by the SDGs.

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Universal Coverage for Mental Health: Queen Mathilde at the World Health Assembly

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians inaugurated the new World Health Organization's Special Initiative for Mental Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva on 20 May. The goal of the initiative, nicknamed “Time to Scale Up” is ensuring universal health coverage for mental health conditions in 12 priority countries to 100 million more people.

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Graça Machel and The Elders welcome Ethiopia's commitment to primary healthcare and digital innovation

Graça Machel and The Elders meet with Ethiopia’s State Minister of Health to learn about the country’s efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Ethiopia launched the Community Health Academy to help health workers use digital technology to improve health system capacity. The Elders will also be meeting with Ethiopia’s Minister for Peace to discuss sustainable solutions for forced displacement.

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EAA and WPDI Join Forces to Empower South Sudanese and Ugandan Youths as Advocates for Peace, Sustainable Development, and Human Rights in Their Communities

Based on EAA and WPDI’s shared commitment to education as key to the achievement of peace, human rights and sustainable development, the workshop aimed at complementing the one-year training of the South Sudanese and Ugandan young women and men to become effective advocates, leaders, mediators and entrepreneurs in their communities.

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Indigenous Peoples Have a Vital Role to Play in the Fight against Climate Change

Truly coming to grips with climate change requires not just ambitious targets, but ambitious action that takes advantage of every possible tool. Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge is a vital, but neglected, weapon in the climate change fight. SDG Advocate Hindou Ibrahim on how climate change is affecting indigenous communities in Chad, Africa.

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