2022 wrap up — Holiday greetings & message from our Director Marina Ponti
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
2022 was another challenging year for all of us, leading to more war, injustice and climate devastation. However, we have faced these challenges in solidarity and showed that the power is in our hands to make a change if we #FlipTheScript and take action on climate, justice, and peace — the issues at the heart of this year’s Global Week to #Act4SDGs. Collectively, we are a massive force that can bring transformative change and reach a better future.
As the year comes to a close, let me share my deepest thanks for your engagement, commitment, and dedication to take action for the SDGs. It was very inspiring to see organizations, institutions and individuals stepping up to promote a just, green recovery, and to create more peaceful and sustainable societies.
As we look ahead to 2023, we are still hopeful that change is possible and that we can take back our future. At the UN SDG Action Campaign, we will continue to encourage participation, ownership and engagement at key SDG-related processes while inspiring individuals, communities and institutions to take action and shift behaviors throughout the year and during the Global Week to #Act4SDGs.
We look forward to continuing working with you in the lead-up to the SDG Summit in September taking place at the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, and at other milestones like the LDC5 conference in Doha, Qatar in March and COP28 in Dubai, UAE in November.
Last but not least, I am proud to share below some highlights of what we have achieved together — none of which would have been possible without the devotion, passion, and professionalism of my UN SDG Action Campaign team.
I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023 filled with optimism, activism and resilience. The Sustainable Development Goals are my hope for the future, and I hope we can make them a reality together.
Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
2022 #FlipTheScript Campaign
This year, we launched our signature Flip the Script campaign to change the prevailing negative narratives and scale up transformative action. The campaign has been featured in over 120 events and reached 120 million people, with over 1.66 million engagements on social media in 101 countries and territories.
The UN SDG Action Awards open call for submissions received over 3,000 initiatives from 150 countries. There were 29 judges, 9 finalists, and 1 Honourable Mention. The 4 winners were announced during a live streamed Ceremony in Bonn, Germany, interspersed with music and performances and over 13,000 viewers tuning in.
➡️ Meet the winners
SDGs Anniversary Stunt
25 Sept. 2022
On 25 September, the anniversary of the SDGs, thousands of people across the globe took part in a public act of solidarity. Over 70 public stunts and activations took place around the world, pledging for global change.
➡️ Watch highlights video
UN SDG Action Campaign Allies Announcement
Two UN SDG Action Campaign Allies were announced to support our journey of advocacy and action to #FlipTheScript. Elisa, Italian singer, iconic artist and activist, and Yam Karkai, CEO & Co-founder of World of Women, joined our call to build a more inclusive, just and green future.
➡️ Meet Elisa and Yam
Collaboration with national and local governments
To support local efforts and highlight local SDG action, we significantly expanded our collaboration with national and regional governments in Italy, Germany, Qatar and beyond. As part of the UCLG World Congress in Korea, we engaged Mayors and government officials to exchange ideas and opportunities to Flip the Script for people and planet.
The 2022 Effective Development Co-operation Summit
We joined forces with the Global Partnership on Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) to show how better global cooperation strengthens trust to deliver on the SDGs. The Summit took place in Geneva and discussed how better co-operation strengthens trust and transforms the way we work together.
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