16-24 September 2021 | For People and Planet

Keeping the Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals

People everywhere will join a new United Nations campaign, Keeping the Promise, to rally behind the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted in 2015 to set the world on a more equal and sustainable path. From pledging to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 to standing up against violence against women and girls, the promises inspire people to take action and demand accountability from global leaders. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Forest Whitaker, Actor and SDG Advocate
  • Dia Mirza, Actress and SDG Advocate
  • Richard Curtis, Film Director and SDG Advocate
  • Hindou Ibrahim, Indigenous Rights Activist and SDG Advocate

Avoiding a Climate Catastrophe [Collaboration with The Stream, Al Jazeera English]

Ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in November and following the IPCC report warning that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Climate Action, Selwin Hart, and an expert from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change talk about what to expect on the road to COP26 in Glasgow, and why we now have an opportunity to reevaluate our relationship with nature as we cope and recover from the pandemic. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Selwin Hart, Special Adviser for the Secretary-General on Climate Action
  • Ko Barrett, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Nisreen Elsaim, Chair, UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
  • Host: Femi Oke, The Stream, Al Jazeera English

Artists Call for Harmony with Nature [Collaboration with UN News]

As world leaders meet during the annual UN General Assembly to discuss global challenges, including the need to restore balance with nature and tackle the climate emergency, the organization’s iconic building will light up with images of marine species in an effort to symbolize the relationship between humans and the world’s rich biodiversity. The Interspecies Assembly, a public film art project produced by Danish artists, SUPERFLEX, and commissioned by ART 2030, will show the movement of Siphonophores, marine creatures that live in colonies, in the ocean’s deep sea, illustrating the necessity and impact of working together, and in harmony with nature. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Luise Faurschou, Founder, ART 2030
  • Rasmus Rosengren Nielsen, SUPERFLEX
  • Host: Conor Lennon, UN News

Climate Emergency: Forced from Home [Collaboration with The Stream, Al Jazeera English]

In 2019 alone, weather-related hazards triggered nearly 25 million displacements in 140 countries, says the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), warning that without ambitious climate action and disaster risk reduction, climate-related disasters could double the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance to over 200 million each year by 2050. UNHCR’s Special Advisor on Climate Action, Andrew Harper, and the Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown, Sierra Leone, discuss the urgent need to create an international mechanism to protect the increasing number of people displaced by the impacts of climate change. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Andrew Harper, Special Advisor on Climate Action, UN Refugee Agency
  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Hindou Ibrahim, Environmental Activist and SDG Advocate
  • Host: Femi Oke

What can be done to reduce food waste? [Collaboration with The Stream, Al Jazeera English]

After decades of decline, the number of hungry people has been growing for the past five years, now amounting to as many as 811 million people, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. On the other hand, millions of people are affected by obesity and other non-communicable diseases associated with unhealthy diets and consumption patterns. As world leaders meet at the first UN Food System Summit, Michelin star chef and the UN Environment Programme’s Goodwill Ambassador Massimo Bottura discusses the need to reduce food waste, healthy and sustainable food and cooking practices. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Massimo Bottura, Chef, Food Systems Activist, and UN Environment Programme’s Global Goodwill Ambassador
  • Host: Femi Oke

Why do we need sustainable food systems? [Collaboration with Scientific American]

If the world population reaches 9 billion by 2050, as predicted, the demand for food would increase by 60%. The situation isn’t any better today - the pandemic, poverty and food insecurity have left about a tenth of the global population undernourished in 2020. Nearly 150 million children under the age of 5 were estimated to be stunted. Agnes Kalibata, who leads the UN’s Food System Summit, discusses the need for strong food systems to end chronic hunger and malnutrition as well as ways to ensure healthier diets without destroying our planet and its resources. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • Host: Mark Fischetti, Senior Editor, Scientific American

Protecting Big Cats [Collaboration with Discovery, Inc.]

From habitat loss, poaching to climate change, human activities are threatening the existence of the world’s most majestic predators - big cats. As the world negotiates the next Global Biodiversity Framework, wildlife artist Sonny Behan, and experts from the UN Environment Programme discuss international efforts to protect wildlife. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Sonny Behan, Wildlife Artist
  • Host: Forrest Galante, Biologist and TV Personality

Sc1.5nce not Silence [Collaboration with EarthxTV]

Human activities have led to approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warning that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. On the road to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, experts from Small Island Developing States and March for Science discuss the importance of the SC1.5NCE Not SILENCE campaign that urgently calls for humanity to unite behind the science and collectively strengthen the resilience of the world before it is too late. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Ambassador Feturi Elisaia, Samoa's first resident High Commissioner to Fiji
  • Heeta Lakhani, Global-South Focal Point, YOUNGO
  • Matt Tranchin, President, March for Science; and Island Resilience Partnership
  • Host: Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership

Week in Review [Collaboration with The Stream, Al Jazeera English]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, and the host of Al Jazeera English’s The Stream, Femi Oke, co-host an end of the high-level week special, looking at the events, agreements and talks that transpired during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week. Watch the video >>

Speakers:

  • Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations
  • Femi Oke, Host, The Stream, Al Jazeera English