SDGs

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Bringing Data to Life is an electronic flipping book that collects and showcases the faces and stories behind the data found in global figures on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The COVID-19 pandemic has launched a broadside against the SDGs, our best hope for a livable and prosperous future. We are also facing the consequences of the war in Ukraine on human lives, food supplies and a mounting fuel crisis. There are no more ‘band aid’ solutions. Crisis can be turned into opportunity for a concerted push towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future. New, complex crises require re-writing the rule book. UNDP is tapping into its extensive global network to build solutions that make a difference in peoples’ daily lives.

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Sports are great allies for a better world. Football, from players to teams, moves and transforms fans’ behaviors. That is why we launch "Football for the Goals”, a platform for the global football community to engage with and advocate for the football sector to inspire action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By using its own visibility, football can drive the change we need. Get to know the initiative, become an ally, and join the conversation with UEFA (July 6, 8 a.m. EDT) about how they can help implement sustainable practices in the football industry.

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“We don't have to be naive, but we have to believe in change, because change has happened. And we can make it happen again.”

Despite monitoring multiple global crises, Rebeca Grynspan has never lost her faith in the power of change. As Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), she is assessing the impact of the war in Ukraine on cash-strapped countries still reeling from the pandemic. A trio of crises – climate change, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine – are setting global development by decades, with vulnerable countries worst affected by global food and energy shortages. In this episode, Rebeca Grynspan reflects on these setbacks, their disproportionate impact on women, and why the world can never give up on the promise of development.

Photo: ©UNCTAD/Violaine Martin

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The multiple and interlinked global crises we are facing – the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the conflict in Ukraine – are putting the very viability of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 at great risk, according to The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022. This annual progress document prepared by DESA offers a global overview of the current situation of the SDGs. Based on the most recent data and using inputs from more than 50 international and regional organizations, the report urges to redouble our efforts to achieve our global goals.

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As the world struggles to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the High-Level Political Forum 2022 (HLPF) will reflect on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda. 44 countries will expose their national progress and measures for a better world. The meeting (5-15 July) will also review in-depth goal 4 quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals.

SDG media zone: Ocean Conference

The SDG Media Zone at the UN Ocean Conference takes place from 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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"The war [in the Ukraine] is affecting the sustainable development of every single country in our region [...] The war was used as a pretext to walk back on certain already feeble commitments in terms of climate."

Vladislav Kaim is dedicated to protecting the environment. A member of the UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, he promotes green jobs, the energy transition, and generous climate finance - urgent priorities for our rapidly warming world. Yet the war in Ukraine has blown apart regional and global networks working towards a livable future. As a Moldovan, Vladislav Kaim has seen how the devastating war in Ukraine has affected the region and turned people's attention away from the climate emergency. In this episode, he reflects on the effect of the war on long-term climate action, and on his fears for loved ones in the region.

Photo: ©Vladislav Kaim

In the small coastal Japanese city of Hakui, elementary students visit local shops to learn how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are incorporated in their businesses. They are making “SDG newspapers” for their school and the city. The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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The General Assembly will meet on 10 February for the first in a series of five open, inclusive, informal thematic consultations on the Secretary-General’s report Our Common Agenda. Our Common Agenda looks ahead to the next 25 years and represents the Secretary-General’s vision on the future of global cooperation and reinvigorating inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism. It builds on many of the ideas that emerged during the year-long global listening exercise conducted in the context of the UN's 75th anniversary.

The SDG Media Zone at the Dubai Expo takes place from 16 – 20 January 2022 at the UN Hub. Hosted by the United Nations in collaboration with the PVBLIC Foundation and media partners, the SDG Media Zone aims to take the conversation on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse. Through a live format of interviews and panel discussions, the SDG Media Zone brings together UN principals, influencers, and industry leaders to talk about innovative solutions and initiatives that address global challenges, such as inequalities, climate change and gender disparity.

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our global blueprint for a better world, and a statement of our collective ambition for dignified and equal opportunities for all. Expo 2020 is an unparalleled opportunity to mobilise citizens around the SDGs. Events during the week of 15-22 January will take stock of how far we have come and explore how we can act together to deliver on this international roadmap. Best practices in last-mile delivery, livelihood and enterprise development, and the rights of women and girls will be highlighted.

The comforting aromas of tea and coffee unite people all over the world. These beverages are more than just a brew, they embody hundreds of years of knowledge that spans across generations. Tea and coffee are linked to many potential health benefits, as mounting scientific evidence has shown.

To millions of farmers in the poorest parts of the world, however, tea and coffee represent a source of income, livelihoods and a ladder out of poverty. They also contribute to transforming our agri-food systems towards sustainability and resilience. These billion-dollar industries fuel entire economies. Smallholder farmers and farming households are at the forefront of these sectors, producing 60% of the global tea supply and 80% of the coffee supply.

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