📣 The Global Week to #Act4SDGs is here! 15–25 September 2023

UN SDG Action Campaign
6 min readSep 13, 2023

The 2023 Global Week to #Act4SDGs is here! Join us from 15 to 25 September to send a message of hope, possibilities, and action through unity. Let’s show world leaders that people all around the world are taking action on the SDGs — and that they expect them to do the same. The time to act is now!

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UNITE TO ACT Digital Art Exhibition

The UN SDG Action Campaign and Code Green are thrilled to present the UNITE TO ACT Digital Art Exhibition featuring works by a diverse array of international artists and dedicated to inspiring a sustainable future through creativity and art. Featured artists will include New York-based Indonesian artist Foodmasku, singer-songwriter and UNCCD Goodwill Ambassador Inna Modja, MCSK — Marco Conti Sikic, and Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist Alejandra Her.

The exhibition will be showcased from 18 to 20 September at the Sustainability Summit NYC in partnership with the Consulate General of Denmark in New York during the 2023 Global Week to #Act4SDGs and on the margins of the UN SDG Summit.

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Join our events and exhibitions during the Global Week to #Act4SDGs!

Join the UN SDG Action Campaign and partners during the Global Week to #Act4SDGs at various events on the margins of the SDG Summit:
* All times in EST (New York)

International Peace Day Youth Event

14 September
9:30am — 12:00pm

The UN SDG Action Campaign and Code Green’s Unite to Act artwork on Peace, “Infinite” by MCSK — Marco Conti Sikic, will be unveiled at the International Peace Day Youth Event, which provides a platform for young people to showcase the actions they have taken in their communities to help accelerate progress towards achieving SDG 16 and fostering peace.

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SDG Metaverse: Breaking Boundaries and Uniting Worlds

15 September

The UN SDG Action Campaign and Morean are partnering to launch the first ever SDG stunt in the Metaverse. From atop a virtual Berlin TV tower, individuals can use their unique avatars and take a metaverse stunt photo to show their commitment in uniting to #Act4SDGs. Share your stunt photo on social media, tag @SDGAction #Act4SDGs for a chance to get featured across our channels. Join the UNITE TO ACT Metaverse stunt!

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UN SDG Weekend Civil Society Dialogue

16 September, 2:00pm 4:00pm

Enhancing, Advocacy, Financing and Accountability: Key Messages from Civil Society to the SDG Summit and Beyond

The UN SDG Action Campaign and the UN Foundation are organizing the Civil Society Dialogue, on the first day of the UN SDG Action Weekend, to recognize and promote civil society’s critical role in achieving the SDGs and provide a platform for dialogue and exchange with high-level officials from the United Nations and representatives from civil society organizations, youth, women’s groups, persons with disabilities and indigenous groups, among others.

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Local and Regional Governments Forum

16 September
12:00pm — 6:00pm

Action and Leadership from the Ground Up: Towards the Rescue Plan for People and the Planet

The Local and Regional Government Forum (LRGF) will bring together local and regional governments and stakeholders to announce commitments, policy coalitions, and innovative strategies for accelerating SDG implementation at the sub-national level, emphasizing the role of Voluntary Local and Subnational Reviews, and setting priorities for future UN Summits.

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World Cleanup Day Live Broadcast

16 September
9:00am — 6:00pm

Fresh off their UN SDG Action Award win, the team at World Cleanup Day is back with their 2023 live broadcast as tens of millions of participants from around the world take action for a more sustainable future for all. Catch interviews with international World Cleanup Day leaders and representatives as well as UN leaders.

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Launch of the Changemaker 2040 Museum in the Philippines

16 September — onwards

The new Changemaker 2040 Museum in the Philippines, a project by PAEC Global and in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign, launches on 16 September 2023 in Manila and offers an innovative immersive journey through the SDGs, inspiring a generation to unite and take action towards a sustainable and equitable future.

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Global People’s Assembly

17–18 September
9:00am — 6:30pm

Hybrid event

Led by UN SDG Action Campaign mobilizing partner GCAP, the Global People’s Assembly 2023 brings together representatives from around the world to hold governments accountable for SDG commitments and address social, environmental, and economic injustices, emphasizing the principle of leaving no one behind.

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Inspiring Faith, Hope and Transformative Action to Accelerate Progress towards the SDGs

18 September
1:30pm — 6:00pm

The UN SDG Action Campaign will participate in this event hosted by the Trilateral Partnership of Regional Faith-Based Networks for the SDGs to reflect on SDG progress, explore strategies to accelerate SDG implementation in times of crises, and foster collaboration among regional faith-based networks, UN agencies, governments and stakeholders.

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Sustainability Summit NYC

18–20 September
9:00am — 9:00pm

At the Sustainability Summit NYC hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and taking place from 18 to 20 September, the UN SDG Action Campaign will present the UNITE TO ACT initiative and unveil the 2023 SDG Digital Art Exhibition at an activation zone for attendees to voice and amplify their commitments to the SDGs.

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Global Week to #Act4SDGs at bus stops around New York City

18 September — 1 October

The UN SDG Action Campaign, the Joint SDG Fund, and JCDecaux have teamed up to call on citizens of the world to UNITE TO ACT. At bus stops in key locations around the UN Headquarters in New York, the UNITE TO ACT campaign’s ACTivator will be on full display to engage with citizens and passersby.

SDG Media Zone: The Future of Gender Equality

19 September
3:30pm — 4:00pm

In The Future of Gender Equality: A Conversation on Gender Balance and Women’s Empowerment, a Deutsche Welle US Correspondent will probe the current status of gender equality efforts with Denmark’s former Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen, CIVICUS Secretary-General Lysa John, and UN SDG Action Campaign Global Director Marina Ponti, to hear directly from them what more can be done to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

During the panel conversation, Marina Ponti will also present elements of the UNITE TO ACT Digital Art Exhibition which bridges creativity and artistry to drive inspiration for the achievement of the SDGs.

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SDG Media Zone: Uniting for a Food Secure World

21 September
11:45am — 12:05pm

In Uniting for a Food Secure World: How creativity and innovation can help feed a hungry planet, RAI journalist Laura Pepe will dialogue with New York-based Indonesian food artist Foodmasku, UN SDG Action Campaign Global Director Marina Ponti, and a representative from the Italian Government on the importance of advancing sustainable food systems to achieve Agenda 2030 and how creativity and innovation play a critical role in its success.

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