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UN marks SDG half-time mark — Global Issues

“This is a moment of solidarity for our global village at our global city hall – the United Nations,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

Halftime talks

During the high-level week of the General Assembly, the SDG Pavilion will host a series of halftime discussions.

The UN Office for Partnerships is working with Project Everyone, a non-profit communications agency co-founded by SDG advocate and screenwriter Richard Curtis, in collaboration with renowned artist Es Devlin, to create the SDG Pavilion – which will serve as a single space. meeting space and art exhibition.

All sessions are streamed live and on demand. Streaming links to all sessions can be found here.

To use a sporting analogy, the world is currently down by a goal at halftime, but a second-half comeback is still possible.

The SDG Pavilion programming encourages participants to imagine achieving this key victory for the planet.

Here’s just a taste of the highlights you can expect next week:

Luncheon Women stand up for all

The Women Rise for All luncheon is set to become an annual event hosted by the UN deputy chief and focused on women’s leadership for the SDGs.

Speakers include Ms. Mohammed, Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Svenja Schulze, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Lily Singhauthor and actress.

Halftime call

The halftime show will provide a platform for the UN to set the agenda on issues related to the SDG goals and encourage a week of decisive and transformative action.

With key contributions from the world of entertainment and music, to heads of state and activists, it will ensure that media and policymakers pay attention to what is being said and inspire a truly action-oriented UNGA78 at the Flag.

Speakers and artists include Orlando Bloom, actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist and UN Messenger of Peace, as well as SDG advocate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador , movie star Forest Whitaker.

Climate justice

This segment will feature in-depth discussions on climate justice, including early warning systems as an important measure to save lives and protect livelihoods from loss and damage.

Guest speakers include Kate Brandt, Director of Sustainability at Google; Jevanic Henry, member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Group; Hindu Ibrahim, SDG advocate and Dwikorita Karnawati, Director of the Indonesian Meteorological Agency, Permanent Representative of Indonesia.


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