The United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) commemorates the International Day of Peace by releasing doves, a symbol of peace. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

There are many long-drawn conflicts that exist in the world today, and it can sometimes be easier to look at what divides us rather than what unites us. The Sustainable Development Goals are a roadmap how humanity can work together to achieve lasting and sustainable peace for everyone, but this requires a lot of work, commitment, and dedication — not just from governments, but from each and every one of us. …


European Open Championships to support promotion and awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals

Photo: International Paralympic Committee / Simon Lodge

World Para Swimming and the European Open Championships in Madeira will join the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Campaign to raise awareness of the need to #TurnItAround for people and planet. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how far from a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable society we are, and how we need to recommit ourselves to the SDGs — the world’s roadmap for recovery.

The Championships, where nearly 400 athletes from 47 nations are set to compete, will take place from 16…


Source: UNDP SDG Integration

The long-term social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is set to widen the gap between people living in rich and poor countries, according to new research by UNDP. With poor countries increasingly bearing the brunt of COVID-19 cases and related mortality, the 2030 Agenda requires us to make bold policy choices to ensure that no-one is left behind.

UNDP’s second flagship study sets out concrete policy options across governance, social protection, green economy and digitalization to help practitioners act on these commitments — and design radically different futures. Conducted with the Pardee Center for…


At a time when communities across the world are yearning for connection in a physically distanced reality, when traditional campaigning, mobilizing and convening are held at bay in the face the COVID-19 pandemic response, this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action on 25–26 March provided the platform for SDG changemakers across the world to hear the latest insights, to engage in campaign activations and to learn new skills, and adopt much needed tools to push harder and further to repurpose failing systems and turn them around leveraging the blueprint of the SDGs.

The Festival in Numbers

Despite the challenges of physical distance, the…


Watch the SDG Global Festival of Action on-demand

Thank you so much again to all of you that joined us at the SDG Global Festival of Action! We hope you found more inspiration, more solutions, and more drive to do your part to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.Did you miss any of our amazing content? Don’t worry — sessions are available to view on-demand in our virtual library in English, French, Spanish and Japanese!

Virtual Library

The action doesn’t stop here!
Join the #ACT4SDGs community

The Festival is over but the action doesn’t end here. The UN SDG Action Campaign will be active at key moments throughout 2021, including at the Generation Equality Forum (May), the…


Don’t miss highlights from Day 1:

SDG Global Festival of Action — Day 1 highlights
UN SDG Action Awards Winners announced

Thank you again for joining us at the SDG Global Festival of Action. We would also love to hear your feedback, make sure to take our Festival survey!

SDG Global Festival of Action — Day 2 highlights

On the second day of the SDG Global Festival of Action, we explored the systems change needed to make huge leaps forward for people and the planet with debates and discussions on some of the most urgent challenges we are facing today — from waste and pollution to inequalities; from urbanization…


Mobilizing, inspiring, and connecting individuals around the globe to #TurnItAround for people and planet

Bonn, Germany, 25 March — The 2020 SDG Action Awards Ceremony, which took place on 25 March as a part of the fifth SDG Global Festival of Action, highlighted nine inspiring finalist initiatives, of which three were announced as winners during the live ceremony.

The Awards, a signature programme of the UN SDG Action Campaign, seeks to highlight initiatives which Mobilize, Inspire and Connect, three categories that can help spur citizen engagement and affect positive change. Marina Ponti, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign…


As the world is still grappling with the effects of the pandemic, and with many countries still in lockdown, this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action (March 25–26) gathered leaders and changemakers to explore how we can #TurnItAround and accelerate action for the Sustainable Development Goals and for a just and sustainable recovery.

The virtual Festival program was even more engaging and diverse than previous editions — as we were able to virtually bring in more speakers from across the world! Talks, performances, interactive workshops and exhibitions engaged more than 20,000 people across the two days. The platform also…


BONN, GERMANY, 25 MARCH — Calling for the beginning of a ‘new era’ following COVID-19 recovery, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed alongside United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner, spoke today at the fifth annual SDG Global Festival of Action, bringing to attention the urgent need for economic and social change that protects our ecosystems and humanity’s well-being.

The Deputy Secretary-General stated her support for an inter-generational transition, putting youth at the forefront to allow them to shape the SDG agenda, and encouraged countries to listen to its young people to ensure we don’t return to business as…


Dive into our diverse and jam-packed program, spanning two days of action for the SDGs, with something for everyone. Make sure to plan in advance so you don’t miss any of the exciting sessions, workshops or experiences!

🗣️ 300+ speakers from 80+ countries 💡 1 Main Stage 🇯🇵 1 Japan Stage 🤝 4 Interactive Spaces 👥 27 Workshops 🎥 20 Exhibits 🎵 10 Performances 🌐 4 Networking Zones & more

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UN SDG Action Campaign

Official account of the UN SDG Action Campaign, aiming to mobilize, inspire & connect a movement to #TurnItAround for the #GlobalGoals

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