Year of Living Sustainably 2017-11-16T15:24:02+00:00

year sustainably_webpage testThe 17 Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted by all UN Member States. That’s great, but now what?

Governments will be busy for the next 15 years working to achieve the goals, but that doesn’t mean all the work falls on them. The private sector, civil society organization and regular people can all help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. But sometimes it’s not that easy to know where to start. There are 17 goals after all, each one with different targets and indicators.

In fact, the question we get asked most frequently is: how can I help?

We want to make it easier for you to do your part. We don’t want you to feel like ending poverty, tackling climate change and reducing inequality is something only policymakers can do. We don’t want you to think it’s difficult to achieve – it is all doable.

This is why we have started the Year of Living Sustainably, a space where we will share tips on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Many of our tips are simple and you may already be doing them. Others will require you to change or adopt new habits. But you don’t have to turn your life upside-down to be sustainable. You don’t have to do everything at once, but also know that change starts with you and your involvement matters. Your small actions can have a big impact!

We also want to hear from you. We want to know how you’re helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Do you have an idea or initiative already running that is helping to improve people’s lives and protecting the planet? Tell us about it. We’d like to share with others.

So here’s how you can follow the Year of Living Sustainably:

We will be sharing regular blog posts on this website and also through the @GlobalGoalsUN twitter and facebook pages. The UN instagram page will also be doing a #SustainableSunday activity every week.

Tell us what you’d like to see here.

PGA on “Be the Change for SDGs Week”

June 27th, 2017|Tags: , , |

The President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, joined staff on a tour of the United Nations Food Gardens this week to learn more about urban agriculture and locally-sourced food. The event, organized as part of the “Be the Change for SDGs Week”, showcased the composting efforts and healthy food growing taking place on the grounds of the Secretariat Building. It also touched on the need to raise awareness about food security. 

Be the Change: Week in Photos

June 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

In order to promote the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals — 17 goals that range from ending poverty to reducing consumption to taking climate action — UN staff are participating in Be the Change week [...]

‘No Impact Man’: Individual behaviour can drive institutional change

May 12th, 2017|

The UNICEF Conversations with Thought Leaders series recently welcomed Colin Beavan, author of “No Impact Man,” a memoir about his efforts toward living a carbon-impact free existence for one year, and Eva Mennel, Director of the UNICEF Department of Human Resources.