Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Sustainable Development Goals Advocates2018-10-17T15:01:00+00:00

Launched on 21 January 2016 on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates consist of 17 eminent persons assisting the UN Secretary-General in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted in September 2015.

With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.

Who are the SDG Advocates?

News about the Advocates

The SDG Advocates are:

H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg (Co-Chair)
H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg (Co-Chair)Prime Minister of Norway
H.E. Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Co-Chair)
H.E. Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Co-Chair)President of Ghana
Mr. Richard Curtis
Mr. Richard CurtisScreenwriter, Producer and Film Director
Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
Ms. Leymah Gbowee
Ms. Leymah GboweeDirector, Gbowee Peace Foundation
Ambassador Dho Young-Shim
Ambassador Dho Young-ShimChairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation
Mrs. Graça Machel
Mrs. Graça MachelPresident of the Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique
Mr. Jack Ma
Mr. Jack MaFounder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group
Mr. Leo Messi
Mr. Leo MessiRenowned football player, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Ms. Shakira Mebarak
Ms. Shakira Mebarak Artist, Advocate and Founder of Pies Descalzos Foundation, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Ms. Alaa Murabit
Ms. Alaa MurabitThe Voice of Libyan Women
Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Jeffrey SachsDirector of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Mr. Forest Whitaker
Mr. Forest WhitakerFounder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Doha, Qatar
Mr. Paul Polman
Mr. Paul Polman Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Professor Muhammad Yunus
Professor Muhammad Yunus Founder, Grameen Bank
H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama (former Advocate 2015-2016)
H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama (former Advocate 2015-2016)President of Ghana

Recent news

December 2018

Op-Ed The time is now to realise Mandela’s vision – and SDG’s provide the plan

04 Dec 2018|Tags: , |

On 2 December, together in South Africa for the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival commemorating 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, SDG Advocate Co-Chairs Prime Minister Solberg and President Akufo-Addo co-authored an op-ed for South African newspapers to highlight the connection between Mandela's legacy and the SDGs. The op-ed was also published in other outlets around the continent, including in Egypt and Ethiopia, among others.

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

Forest Whitaker and Prime Minister Solberg speak at the Global Citizen Festival

29 Sep 2018|

On 29 September 2018, SDG Advocate Forest Whitakerspoke on stage at the Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in New York. He joined other celebrities and leaders in donating their time to advocate for action on the SDGs, making a specific statement on the importance of education as a tool to change the world.