1 June | Play it Out Concert against Plastic Pollution
The President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, will host a global concert ‘Play it Out’ in Antigua and Barbuda featuring international artists such as Grammy-Award winning singer, Ashanti, Cody Simpson, reggae star Rocky Dawani, Machel Montano, DJ Robin Schulz, Nico & Vinz, Band St. Lucia and Bomba Estereo. The concert forms part of the President’s global campaign against plastic pollution and single-use plastics.
3 June | World Bicycle Day
The United Nations and partners will celebrate the second commemoration of the Day in New York with 30 athletes from nearly a dozen countries racing with and for diabetes, which affects an estimated 422 million adults. Please visit the event website to learn more.
4 June | Opening of Planet or Plastic Photo Exhibition
Actress Whoopi Goldberg will host the official opening of National Geographic’s Photo Exhibition, ‘Planet or Plastic?’ at the UNHQ. The President of the UN General Assembly will join Ms. Goldberg to unveil the exhibition, which ‘tells the story of plastics.’ The exhibition is part of the campaign to beat plastic pollution.
8 June | World Oceans Day
Celebrations for the Day will take place on 7 June at UNHQ. This year, the Day will focus on possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.
18 June | Sustainable Gastronomy Day
The International Day, celebrated since 2017, looks at the role that sustainable gastronomy can play, including its impact on sustainable development as well as the natural and cultural diversity of the world. The UN ActNow for Climate Action campaign will launch the sustainable food challenge to highlight the issue and encourage action.
18 June | Launch of the World Population Prospects
Where is the population growing the fastest? When can countries expect their population to decline? On 18 June, the United Nations will launch its biennial report on the latest demographic trends, the World Population Prospects 2019, presenting population estimates from 1950 to the present for 235 countries and areas as well as population projections to the year 2100.
21 June | International Day of Yoga
This year, the Day will focus on yoga and climate action and aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. More information will be available on the dedicated webpage.
In July, the United Nations will host the annual High-level Political Forum to review progress and gaps in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. The two-week Forum will bring together a diverse set of stakeholders tackling some of the most pressing global challenges. It will also set the stage for the high-level week during the 74th Session of the General Assembly in September. Check out list of events during HLPF.
In July, the SDG editorial content will focus on Goal 17 – Partnerships – and how leveraging meaningful collaborations and engaging different sectors of society can help everyone deliver on the SDGs.
Launched by the United Nations in September 2018 by more than 30 founding media organizations – encompassing more than 100 media and entertainment outlets – the SDG Media Compact seeks to inspire media and entertainment companies around the world to leverage their resources and creative talent to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Find all our Media Compact Members here.