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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Ben Schaare
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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Article: Indigenous Peoples Have a Vital Role to Play in the Fight against Climate Change by Hindou Ibrahim

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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Global Peace Inter-Generational Dialogues

The President of Ghana and Mrs. Graça Machel host the first of 100 Inter-Generational Dialogues which brought young future leaders into conversations on peace and development with current world leaders. The results of these inclusive global dialogues will be combined into a Global Peace Charter and presented to the United Nations Secretary-General.

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Secretary-General Appoints New Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.

The principles at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also what drive the new class of SDG Advocates, appointed today by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. These 17 influential public figures are committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders on 25 September 2015.

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Education Above All Leaving No One Behind

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, founder of Education Above All (EAA) foundation, traveled to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to visit projects implemented by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, as part of EAA’s Educate a Child Programme. The goal: to enroll more than 450,000 refugee and displaced children in school. The programme has already provided more than 10 million out of school children in 50 countries with access to education.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde Talks SDGs on State Visit to Republic of Korea

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians engaged on the SDGs often on a recent Belgian State Visit to the Republic of Korea. Her Majesty spoke with former Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Chair of SDG Advocate Alumni Ambassador Dho, and local youth on the importance of the SDGs in all aspects of life. Her Majesty also met with high-level Korea officials, business people and academics while in Korea.

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Forest Whitaker on the Reintegration of Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker urges governments to do more for the reintegration of Child Soldiers. He spoke on the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) and its work teaching conflict resolution in schools and small businesses in conflict areas. “The success of our programs, he said, has taught me the value of long-term engagement.  The issue of child reintegration should not be seen as just a humanitarian gesture to help vulnerable groups of children move on. It must be seen as a sustainable and strategic investment in the reconstruction of societies.”

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The Kumasi Declaration Passes with Help of Co-Chair and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo called for further engagement on the SDGs in Africa. The response: a dialogue on key imperatives for the SDGs hosted by His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi. In honor of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Kumasi Declaration passed at the Royal Dialogue addresses the need for an SDG-enabling environment for traditional leaders, religious leaders, the private sector, academia, and civil society to advance the 2030 Agenda.

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Article: Gaming Sustainable Development by Christina Myers and Dr. Alaa Murabit

Christina Myers and Dr. Alaa Murabit discuss the importance of inclusion and diversity in game design. How can new tech create inclusive education that enables people to create their own solutions to social, economic and political issues? At the Global Game Jam in January designers from around the world focused on building educational games around SDG 14: Life Below Water.

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