The global community gathered today in Bonn, Germany, at the opening of the SDG Global Action Festival to reiterate its commitment to accelerate action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Organized by the United Nations Campaign for Action on the SDGs, the Festival emphasized the need for advocacy, citizen engagement, behavioral change and political will to take the necessary actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
From May 2-4, this year’s festival – the largest of all time – will bring together more than 1,500 participants from more than 150 countries, from activists to high-level representatives. It provides a dynamic space where participants can share different perspectives, test and accelerate new ideas and position the SDGs as a framework for political engagement and democratic participation.
Nearly four years after the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, progress remains slow and uneven, including with regard to climate change – the biggest challenge in the world today and in the future. “These are turbulent times. Multilateralism is under pressure all over the world, “said Maria Flachsbarth, German Parliamentary State Secretary, stressing the need to renew political commitments to achieving the goals of sustainable development.
Calling participants to the festival “a force of nature for the 2030 agenda“, Tania Freiin Von Uslar-Gleichen, Director of Human Rights at the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed the need for international cooperation and ambitious multilateralism.
The SDG Action Awards 2019 embodied the spirit of the Festival’s call to action, recognizing innovative and impactful projects in 7 categories – mobilizers, storytellers, activists, connectors, visualizers, writers and creatives – created by organizations civil society, governments, foundations, networks and associations. business leaders. The winners included a crowd map for sexual violence in India; a national campaign that resulted in the repeal of the infamous marriage rape law in Lebanon; and a symbolic reward based on a chain of blocks, called Plastic Bank, which allows recycling entrepreneurs to recycle in Haiti, the Philippines and the United States.
Juan Somavia, former Director-General of the International Labor Organization, said: “It is a call for priority action by all actors, including individuals, governments, civil society and business, and placing individual action at the center of the totally impossible agenda for the SDGs to become a reality without the people “.
“We are agents of change, and if we do not believe it, nothing will happen in our lives,” said Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Mexican parliamentarian and president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.