The 2017 #KnowYourGoals campaign, pioneered by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), is a global initiative to empower communities to take ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by inviting local organizers, particularly young people, to raise awareness of the SDGs within local campuses and communities.
Sustainable Development Goals: What are they?
In September 2015, world leaders from 193 countries came together to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs became the document to guide our social, economic and environmental actions to achieve a sustainable future by 2030. As a result, everyone and especially youth have an interest in making the SDG agenda a reality.
Why are we doing this?
The campaign will allow local organizers and partners to raise awareness of the SDGs and to celebrate success stories which showcase wonderful examples of local solutions that are tackling sustainable development challenges.
#KnowYourGoals invites individuals and organizations worldwide, particularly young people, to organize an event (preferably during October 2017), in an effort to mobilize local support and awareness of the SDGs and tackle 3 important questions:
- What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
- Why should communities/participants care about them?
- What actions can be taken to localise and implement the Goals?
This campaign represents a unique occasion to remind us that the SDGs are a priority for everyone. We want to give communities, in particular young people, the opportunity to lead the movement that will empower campuses and communities in finding their local solutions to achieve sustainable development and materialize the SDGs by 2030.
The 2015 edition
Did you know? This is the second edition of the #KnowYourGoals campaign! Have a look and find out what the previous edition was all about.
Ready to join the campaign?
Read our Manual to find out how you can contribute to the campaign and join a global movement to empower local communities for a more sustainable future.
Are you ready to join us? Your contribution is critical in spreading the message and helping create awareness of the SDG’s around the world. Start taking action now!
Don’t worry, we will help you!
As a local organizer, you will receive access to a library of digital SDG tools and resources from which you will be able to download useful material and infographics for the event. Once the Campaign is concluded, we will showcase the outcomes of your local event to a global audience in order to inspire others around the world to take action!
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UN MGCY is also Reporting Partner for the High Level Political Forum
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