The 2021 edition of the Global Week to #Act4SDGs will take place 17-28 September. The dates are set each year to include the September 25th anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs and to take place while world leaders meet at the UN General Assembly. 

Held during the high- level week of United Nations General Assembly, this year’s mobilization will also drive action around the Food Systems Summit, pre-COP in Milan, and keep up momentum in the lead up to COP 26 in Glasgow.

Organizations and individuals from all sectors of society are encouraged to join by planning actions or events during the Week that contribute to one or all of the SDGs. Participants register by filling in the online form, which creates a page about their action on the website and adds it to the global map of actions. 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.

You may register any event, individual or community action which aims to address one or more of the SDGs. The objective is to bring together the broadest spectrum of events, conferences, demonstrations, petitions, campaigns, local actions, etc to create a huge groundswell of global action towards the achievement of the SDGs. Past editions of the Global Week included demonstrations and stunts in front of government buildings, neighborhood or beach cleanups, tree planting, museum exhibits, school art projects,concerts, runs/walks/treks to raise funds and awareness, community garage sales, online and offline campaigns and much more. For inspiration, explore example actions on TRELLO. The actions can be as creative as you are!

In building a global movement, promoting your action or event can be as important as the action itself. In the lead up to, during and after the event, capture and share images, video and stories about your action on social media using the hashtag #TurnItAround and #Act4SDGs to help make your action count and share your action with the world. Be sure to explain how this year is a TURNING POINT for the issues you are working on or for you, your network.

Select “Edit Participant Information” from the bottom of the left navigation bar found on your action profile page. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Once the address is entered, a link will be sent to your email, from which you can directly edit all information found on your action profile page. To add an additional action to your page, select the “Add Another Action” button found at the bottom of the editing page.

Eradicating Preventing and Avoidable Blindness

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.

Let’s Do it! World

#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.

Website: https://www.worldcleanupday.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2020/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worldcleanupday.ldiw/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldcleanupday

Sustainable Urban Planting Initiatives in Brasilia, Brazil

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

Social media posting: The National Association for Sustainable Development of Pakistan

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

Website: https://nasdpakistan.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nasdpakistan/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASDPakistan