This September, we showed the world that WE CAN #TURNITAROUND
During the UN General Assembly, millions of people everywhere took action, learned, shared solutions and engaged with the community to show the world we can #TurnItAround in the right direction!
Here are some of the highlights
Over 56 million people mobilized during the Global Week to #Act4SDGs to #TurnItAround
Together with all of you who shared and joined, more than 56 MILLION people from 700 organizations in more than 175 countries and 1,000 cities around the world joined the Global Week to #ACT4SDGs to #TurnItAround and helped make this a turning point for people and the planet.
Thank you to our convening partners and every one of you who joined!
Two sides of the turning point visualized through Uğur Gallenkuş series
Together with award-winning visual artist Uğur Gallenkuş and creative agencies, a series of powerful images showing the two sides of this turning point for people and the planet have been shared by thousands of people on social media and seen on screens in all major German cities, serving as powerful conversation starters to help us visualize what we NO longer want, from gender-based violence to polluted cities, and how our world could look like when we #TurnItAround. Read more
Leaders joined the call to turn it around
Leaders and activists from all over the world and across sectors created a video message, mobilizing their networks and followers to take action and join the Global Week to Act4SDGs with the aim of making it a turning point for people and the planet.
Almost a million people engaged in the virtual conversations with emerging voices and world leaders at the #SDGActionZone
The SDG Action Zone featured 268 speakers (63% female, 35% male 2% non-binary speakers). Featured speakers included Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, social entrepreneurs and business leaders like Sal Kahn, founder of Khan Academy and Brian Wong, Founder of Alibaba Global Initiatives; creatives like YouTuber Louis Cole, actress Cecilia Suarez, singer Yemi Alade, political leaders such as Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleatf former president of Liberia and first female head of state in Africa; athletes including footballer Mohamed Salah; SDG advocates including Dia Mirza and Richard Curtis.
The SDG Action Zone was viewed by over 16 thousand people from around the world and reached over 90 million people through approximately 800 thousand people actively engaged on social media, generating over 450 million impressions.
Did you miss any of this? Don’t worry — EVERYTHING is available to view on demand! Check out the on-demand library and don’t miss the SDG Action Zone highlights.
1 million voices for the future we want to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary
Over 1 million people have taken the one-minute survey in all UN Countries and more than 1,000 dialogues have been held in 82 countries across the world, revealing a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, as well as greater global solidarity. 50,000 people in 50 countries also took part in independent polling by Edelman and the Pew Research Center, and artificial intelligence analysis of social and traditional media was conducted in 70 countries.
It’s not over yet! Last week to apply for the UN SDG Action Awards
If you and your team have been driving extraordinary transformative change for the Sustainable Development Goals, mobilizing people for impact, connecting stakeholders in innovative ways or inspiring people to be the change, this is the chance to tell the SDG Action community.