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.
IN FOCUS: REDUCING INEQUALITIES
Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (22-25 Jan), our editorial package highlights SDG Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities – with a special focus on fair trade and inclusive economic development.
Growing inequality has major implications. Many of the Sustainable Development Goals, including eradicating poverty and hunger, creating decent jobs for all, and ensuring access to affordable and clean energy, will become increasingly out of reach. Weak economic performance is also linked to insufficient investment in quality education, health services, social protection, programs for marginalized groups and mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
One of the main features of the month is the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019, embargoed until 21 January. The report focuses on the importance of international cooperation and global trade.
Other content in this month’s SDG editorial package includes exclusive interviews with experts, economists and influencers; and impactful stories on the rights and dignity of migrants, people with disabilities and the LGBTI community – key targets to overcome inequality and discrimination everywhere.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 600 million new jobs are need by 2030 to keep pace with the growing global working age population. And some 780 million people who do have jobs, are not earning enough to lift their families out of poverty. There is much work to be done.
As ILO turns 100 this year, we look at how the organization has shaped international labour law, impacting people’s rights, from 8-hour work days to maternity protection to efforts to eradicate forced and child labour.
More information on #ILO100 events will be available throughout the year. On 22 January in Geneva, Switzerland, the Global Commission on the Future of Work will release its report. Embargoed information on the report will be available on 17 January.
Equality remains the cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Agenda, ensuring the rights and dignity of everyone, no matter where they are from, what they look like, who they love or what their socio-economic status is. Our experts talk about their work to help overcome inequality.
A Way Home Together: Stories of the Human Journey | Migrant Rights and Your Rights
In December 2018, more than 150 countries gathered in Morocco to adopt the historic UN-led global migration compact, designed to make the growing phenomenon safer and more dignified. The International Organization for Migration’s podcast documents the stories of people on the move.
“Along the way I had lost my immigration status and had become undocumented: shrouded in fear and hidden in the shadows,” says Podcast host, Tolu Olubunmi. Listen to other episodes here.
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Jillian Mercado meets with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, intro by Nyle DiMarco
Interview with Khalil Daoud, 2018 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer
Interview with Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP
24 January | International Day of Education
An estimated 265 million children and adolescents globally do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school. More than a fifth of them are of primary school age. On 24 January, the world will commemorate the first International Day of Education, calling for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.
20 November | 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
On 20 November, the UN will mark 30 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In every region of the world, from Brazil to Burkina Faso, Finland to Fiji, Madagascar to Mexico, the Convention has inspired changes in laws and practice that have improved the lives of millions of children. More information on the commemoration will be available later this year.
All monthly editorial packages will focus on a specific SDG that relates to the UN System’s priority that month. Check out our calendar for more information on what is expected for the rest of 2019.
Sustainability At Work
New year, new opportunities. Across the UN System, there are several tools to help organizations put in place a more sustainable and fairer corporate culture. The UN Global Compact, whose mission is to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies to create the world we want, offers initiatives that range from efforts to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change. Here’s how your organization can join the global movement: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/participation/join
Goal of the Month – February edition
The next editorial package will highlight SDG 4 (Quality Education) ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and International Mother Language Day, with a special focus on indigenous languages.