Get involved Vol 24, No. 01 - January 2020

2020 kicks off new decade of action for people and planet

What kind of a world do we want to create? As we dive into a new decade, the United Nations is launching a massive campaign to bridge the gap between the world we hope for and the world we may end up living in if we don’t better manage the dire challenges we are facing, including current climate change and inequality trends. 

The new “Decade of Delivery and Action,” is fully backed by the highest levels of officials within the UN and among international actors. At the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development last July, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Member States and other stakeholders to “kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and planet” in 2020, given the short time left to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This theme was also reflected in the political declaration, “Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development,” unanimously adopted at the opening of the SDG Summit in September 2019. UN Member States pledged to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the sustainable development objectives by the target date and leave no one behind. This January, the Secretary-General will deliver a New Year’s address in which he is expected to rally more enthusiasm for the decade.

The launch of the decade coincides with the 75th anniversary of the UN (#UN75), which will be celebrated under the theme “Shaping our future together,” and which seeks to involve people from all walks of life to join the largest-ever global conversation. Also, the UN’s Act Now campaign continues to gain steam, and this year it will offer tips for reducing your carbon footprint as it relates to oceans and sustainable transport – just in time for UN DESA’s two major conferences on those issues this year.

We can achieve the SDGs only through thoughtful collaboration and teamwork, so let’s get our voices heard and shape our future together!

For more information: Decade of Action for People for Planet

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