On the 25th-27th of September, 2015, 193 world leaders will be meeting at the United Nations in New York City to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which will aim to eradicate extreme poverty, tackle inequality and injustice, and ensure a sustainable planet within the next 15 years. For the entire week, there will also be events and activities happening in the city for the public to celebrate this monumental occasion. From concerts to marches, and lectures to exhibitions, the week will be packed with opportunities for people to make the Sustainable Development Goals famous, and convince world leaders to commit to them.
But don’t feel left out if you won’t be in New York! There are still plenty of ways you can participate and share the message of the goals in your local city and online.
Light The Way
On the night before leaders of the world gather at the UN Summit, action/2015 is planning a Global Day of Action for cities all across the world. Various cities will be holding evening vigils on the 24th of September, bringing together people from all walks of life to stand “under one sky”. Bring along a flashlight, candle or cellphone to shine a light on the SDGs, with the aim of getting the attention of world leaders and calling on them to keep their promise of committing to the SDGs.
Find you nearest event: http://action2015.org/light-the-way/
The World’s Largest Lesson
An initiative from Project Everyone, schools from all over the world are called upon to deliver “The World’s Largest Lesson”, educating students about the SDGs. In collaboration with teachers and education specialists, a series of lesson plans and other useful resources are available to download through their website: https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson/. Teachers and students are encouraged to approach their schools and bring The World’s Largest Lesson programs to their classrooms. If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we can become the generation that changes the world.
In order for the SDGs to succeed, they need to be famous. Project Everyone is working on getting the goals out to every website, billboard, TV station, radio channel, cinema, classroom, community noticeboard and sent to every mobile phone. But they need YOUR help to tell everyone about them, and there are several fun ways to do so. Take a selfie and share the goal you care about the most, join your favourite soccer stars by taking the #dizzygoals challenge, and film a video of yourself to be featured in a video with some famous faces. Visit http://www.globalgoals.org/tell-everyone/ to find out more.
Know Your Goals
In partnership with Oikos International, action/2015, Project Everyone and The World’s Largest Lesson, SDSN Youth is inviting young people all over the world to discuss and explore the SDGs and their importance on a local level. Organisations from over 40 countries across every continent have pledged to host a “Know Your Goals” event and will be sharing their journey online using #KnowYourGoals. Check out how you can participate and find an event near you: http://www.sdsnyouth.org/knowyourgoals. This is our opportunity to build momentum around the new goals and create a movement that will empower communities to produce the most successful sustainable development movement in history, over the next 15 years.
Michelle Huang is the Secretary of SDSN Youth. All opinions expressed on the blog are the opinion of the author, and not that of SDSN Youth.