Exactly one year ago the Sustainable Development Goals were launched and signed by 193 world leaders on 25th September 2015 at the UN General Assembly. In the 7 days following, news of these Global Goals reached 40% of the world’s population, around 3 billion people.
This week, back at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders have been marking the one-year anniversary. In order to keep up momentum and ensure all 17 Goals are achieved, the UN and partners from around the world launched #GlobalGoalsWeek – an annual week of action, awareness and accountability for Sustainable Development.
Events kicked off at the UN General Assembly Opening, with SDG Year 1, a special session featuring SDG Advocates Forest Whitaker and Dr. Alaa Murabit, Andrea Bocelli, the President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
In 2016, Girl Power went global with the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant, inspiring women and girls from around the world to send messages on equality for girls and women. Whilst leaders attended SDG Year 1, a Global Girls bus began a loud tour of New York, ensuring messages received were heard loud and clear. Starting at Times Square with a performance by dancers from the #WhatIReallyReallyWant film, Taylor Hatala and Larsen Thompson and then led around New York by MJ Delaney bringing together girls and women to shout about the progress that still needs to be made for women and girls.
Meg Ryan and Global Goals Award winners, Yusra Mardini and Rebeca Gyumi, then took the bus to the UN, to join Forest Whitaker and Richard Curtis, to formally deliver messages, inspired by the #WhatIReallyReallyWant film, to David Nabarro, following the SDG Year 1 Session.
The Global Girls bus ended its journey at Guastavino’s for the inaugural Global Goals Awards Dinner, hosted by SDG Advocates Paul Polman and Richard Curtis. Guests at the dinner included Queen Rania of Jordan, Crown Princess of Sweden, Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, Connie Brittan, with a performance by Laura Mvula. Speeches were made by Melinda Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Shane Smith, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and the evening’s two hosts.
The #WhatIReallyReallyWant film, released earlier this year, had over 110 million views, 40 million impressions on Twitter and global media coverage, was produced by MJ Delaney and supported by original Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham and Mel C. The film inspired an overwhelming response on social media with people from all over the world sharing images of what they really want for girls and women. This included the messages, delivered to the United Nations, of issues like quality education, an end to violence, an end to child marriage and equal pay for equal work, which need to be top of every governments’ agenda in order to give the Global Goals the best possible start.
Throughout the week, UNDP, UN Foundation, SDG Action Campaign and Project Everyone, the founding partners of #GlobalGoals Week, have been working with events and organisations such as the Social Good Summit, Global Citizen Festival, the office of the Special Adviser for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World’s Largest Lesson and UNICEF, Leave No One Behind partnership, The UN Global Compact, Every Woman Every Child, GSMA, the UN Department of Public Information and many more to promote action, accountability and awareness of the Goals. This September starts the countdown for the next 14 years to ensure no one is left behind.
Positive Luxury’s CEO and Co-Founder, Diana Verde Nieto is a proud member of the World Economic Forum’s YGL advisory board and also serves on the Sustainable Development Goals Advisory Council. Diana was a member of the team developing Global Goal number 12; responsible consumption and production.
4 SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN KEEP SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL GOALS:
- Follow & Like @TheGlobalGoals
- Watch & share the films: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRfuAYy7MesZmgOi1Ezy0ng
- Download the ‘SDG Action’ app and watch the Global Goals Mobile Show.
- Have your say at MyWorld2030.org.