Global challenges can only be solved when we all work together. That’s why we must flip the script to show that change is possible. We must re-imagine the narrative and turn apathy into action. Turn fear into hope. Division into togetherness.
At the UN SDG Action Campaign we look to 2022 as a year of innovation and resolution, and we will work with all our partners across all sectors to make sure we are part of the solution. Every action matters – no matter how great or small. We will flip the script on our own approaches to help mobilize, inspire and connect our global community of SDG actors. This is our moment and the time is now.
From igniting creativity, driving climate action, strengthening sustainable food systems, mobilizing local governments, bringing together youth movements, and much more – the Global Week to #Act4SDGs collected remarkable actions showing our collective commitment to ensuring a more sustainable environment and planet.
Over 1,280 organizations and millions of activists across 191 countries took part in the Week to work together towards a healthy, just and green recovery which leaves no one behind – and reached its goal of activating 100 million actions for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Map of SDG action is a cross-sectorial tracking tool allowing us at the UN SDG Action Campaign and SDG partners to report back at key UN milestone moments to show how collective action can lead to great change around the world.
Organizations and individuals can register their SDG actions on the global map and receive a unique profile page to make sure their actions are counted. Actions can be filtered by country and SDG, which provides a snapshot of local and global activities.
The SDG Action Talks aims to inform and inspire participants about key issues like climate action and poverty alleviation, human rights, and combating global inequalities. Through the dialogues, change makers from across the world share their vision for how we can turn it around, and issue a call to action for audiences to take action in their own lives and through their spheres of influence. Find all our Dialogues on the dedicated page.
Comunitarius is a volunteer group of researchers, students and local leaders in Brasilia, Brazil who aim to positively transform cities and improve food security by introducing sustainable urban planting initiatives. The volunteers first identify locations where community members are affected by hunger and poverty. They then host campaigns to obtain donations of seedlings, organic manure, land and basic equipment. In the project’s final stage, volunteers mobilise community members to plant, grow and cultivate their own food. Along with this project empowering community members, it also increasing green spaces in urban areas.
Explore their action here: https://sdgactionawards.org/initiative/1166
#LetsDoItWorld began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people came together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. 🇪🇪 World Clean Up Day celebrated the Global Week to #Act4SDGs through its World Cleanup Day campaign – the largest single peacetime civic action in human history. In 2020, they encouraged people to Clean up with a small group of friends or family or participate digitally by deleting digital waste from their electronic devices.📱 For more information, visit digital.worldcleanupday.org.
Eye Care for All’s mission is to ensure that all individuals have access essential eye care. To remove cataracts and thereby eradicate preventable and avoidable blindness, this organisation offers free eyesight restoration surgery to the elderly, orphans, individuals with disabilities, prisoners and refugees in the Gambia.
Pilar Díaz Romero has been the mayor of Esplugues de Llobregat since 2006 and attached to the presidency of the Barcelona Provincial Council, where she also holds the position of Delegate for International Affairs. Currently, she is also Vice President of Localret. She is a telecommunications engineer and a PhD in telecommunications engineering (1994) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where she has worked as a tenured professor. She was the winner of the Ericsson Prize for the best doctoral thesis in mobile communications in Spain, awarded by the Official College and the Spanish Association of Telecommunications Engineers.
Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his appointment following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres. In April 2021, the General Assembly confirmed his appointment to a second four-year term beginning in June 2021.
Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development.
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Achim Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
RAINI CHARUKA – Singer, Songwriter, and a Voice trainer for young and upcoming singers She was educated at ‘Susan E Wagner High School, New York, USA in which she graduated with the Highest Regents Gold Diploma and continued her education at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA for Liberal Arts & Sciences (AA/AS) and Delaware State University, Delaware, USA for Aviation & Aviation Management (B.S). She has captured the hearts of the entire younger generation as well as the masses in Sri Lanka regardless of age and gender. North to South, East to West! She is also a strong advocate on water and sanitation – SDG Goal 6 – as an SDG Ambassador with the organization Road to Rights. During the first lockdown she conducted many virtual workshops and initiatives to raise awareness on clean water in Sri Lanka and wrote a song to spread awareness on water conservation: https://youtu.be/mf3NBwwFWho
Founded in only 2020, The National Association for Sustainable Development of Pakistan has already made significant contributions to achieving the #SDGs. 🙌 As part of the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, @nasdpakistan has launched a Tree Planting Drive across the cities of Islamabad, Mardan, and Rahimyar Khan. 🌳 Over 500 trees will be planted in areas facing deforestation. Thank you for your incredible impact! #TurnItAround #GlobalGoals #ClimateChange #LifeOnLand