A day to celebrate indigenous languages of the world

“The health of our languages is connected to the health of the earth […] We lose our connection and our ancient ways of knowing of the earth when our languages fall silent. […] for the sake of future generations, we must ensure they too can speak the language of our ancestors.”

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International Youth Day 2019 – Transforming Education

Exactly 20 years ago, the UN General Assembly decided that 12 August shall henceforth be celebrated every year as the International Youth Day. At a time when the world is increasingly looking to young people as leaders and as a moral compass on everything from climate action to peacebuilding, to education, celebrating their achievements and engagement is more important than ever.

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Raise your ambition, register your SDG Acceleration Action

Is your government planning new initiatives that will impact implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals? Can your business commit to going carbon-neutral by 2025? Will your organization pledge to achieve gender parity in the workplace? Can future generations count on your city to invest more money in sustainable infrastructure?

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Expert voices

Planet or plastic – the choice is yours

With more than 2,000 participants from all over the world, this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was the largest global review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals yet. Among the 2,000 guests were Heather Koldewey and Sara Hylton of the National Geographic Society’s “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition,  part of National Geographic’s “Planet or Plastic” initiative. Here is what they had to say about the global plastic pollution crisis.

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In case you missed it

In a critical year for sustainable development, the world came together to review SDG progress

With reports indicating that current efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being undermined by climate change and sharply rising inequalities, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on 18 July with calls for an increased critical role for local communities and civil society in getting the world back on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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7-9 August, New York 9th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
9 August International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12 August International Youth Day
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