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We The People #Act4SDGs

A Global Day of Action for Sustainable Development on 25 September 2017

Story by UN SDG Action Campaign September 24th, 2017

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TOOK ACTION FOR THE SDGS

The campaign #Act4SDGs saw 500 organisations partnering with citizens taking over 1000 actions in over 116 countries and 380 cities. Over 11,000 tweets were sent reaching an estimated 84 Million people globally.
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ALL OVER THE WORLD People came together to act for the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALs

On 25 September, 2017 – the second anniversary of the ratification of the SDGs, The UN SDG Action Campaign, The World We Want 2030, the Global Campaign Against Poverty (GCAP), and Action for Sustainable Development, joined forces to invite people around the world to take action and send a strong signal to leaders about the importance of the SDGs.

The result? Thousands of volunteers and citizens around the world, civil society organisations, celebrities, journalists and thought leaders joined to inspire people to collectively achieve the SDGs,

EXPLORE THE ACTIONS AND JOIN US: WWW.ACT4SDGS.ORG

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#ACT4SDGs VOICES Live

Dozens of #Act4SDGs voices videos were recorded and shared online with people speaking up why and how the Sustainable Development Goals matter to them and their communities.

In collaboration with Hashtag Our Stories, live videos were streamed on social media with citizens reporting stories on SDG related matters from India, South Africa, Serbia, United Kingdom, Norway, Mexico, Pakistan, Nigeria and China.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed joined with a powerful message

HOW AND WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION IF WE WANT THE SDGS TO BE A REALITY BY 2030?

#Act4SDGs Thunderclap - sending a thunderous message to leaders

Through the Thunderclap campaign, the call to action to tell leaders how we are doing on the Sustainable Development Goals through the MY World 2030 survey reached millions of people.

MY World 2030 is a global citizen survey led by the United Nations and partners to capture public awareness and perceptions about the Sustainable Development Goals. The results are used to build dialogue between governments and citizens.

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ALL OVER THE WORLD ACTIONS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS took PLACE.

The below is a highlights collection from citizens taking action across all five continents:

Africa

In Africa, the Global Day of Action was used as an opportunity to raise voices through diverse actions, events and activities from Accra to Zimbabwe.

In the capitals as well as rural communities, people all over the continent, including men, women, young people and school children took part in activities such as public forums, photo stunts, signature campaign, press forum, community forum, radio discussions, and panel discussions.

Over 340 actions took place in over 40 countries. Some key highlights include a Women’s empowerment workshop for women and girls in Mbenji-Babungo in Cameroon; a press conference in Lome calling for the Togo government to act with coverage on the radio, printed press and TV; a school compound campaign in Ghana where students demanded quality education; as well as #ACT4SDGS photo stunts by locals in Uganda.

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Cameroon

Mothers Of Hope Cameroon (Mohcam) organized an empowerment workshop of women and girls at Mbenji-Babungo, Ndop-Bamenda on the SDGs.

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Togo

GCAP Togo launched the campaign « Je m’enagage » with the national youth council of Togo and discussed the SDGs and the strategies needed to achieve the goals and significantly reduce inequalities, followed by a press conference.

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Mali

Alliance Contre la Pauvreté au Mali / GCAP Mali held a press conference on the 2nd anniversary of the SDGS with 20 journalists, which resulted in extensive coverage in the written press, online, and on the radio.

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ghana

Abibimman Foundation / GCAP Ghana organized a campaign that took place in a high school compound where the students helped remind the government to speed up action for the respective goals that matter to them most.

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Zimbabwe

Global action on Sustainable Development Goals event at Glenview 1 High School Harare, Zimbabwe. Photos by courtesy of Matilda Lund, United Nations Association of Zimbabwe.

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National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO)/GCAP Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s five regional offices held public gatherings, especially with NANGO’s youth sector on the SDGs. Also the Network of African Youth for Development (NAYD) mobilized in Zimbabwe (and other countries).

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Youth 4 SDGs Zimbabwe in cooperation with Network of African Youth for Development

uganda

Uganda National NGO Forum / GCAP Uganda organized some photo stunts on the Global Day of Action.

Educate a woman, educate a nation. But we the women as girls are kept at home as the boys go to school and grow up to be housewives.
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Malawi

The Council for NGOs in Malawi (CONGOMA) / GCAP Malawi organized a press conference and a photo shoot session to reach out to Malawian leaders with assorted messages on SDGs and to raise awareness of the public of what the government has done in the past two years. The event enjoyed massive media coverage in both print and electronic media, reaching a readership and listenership of 7.5 million people in Malawi.

In addition, the SDGclub, powered by development partners consortium (made up of students of Masters in Development Practice) at the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan organized an event to mark 2 years of the SDGs, where selected secondary schools in Ibadan were invited to make presentations.

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mauritius

Halley Movement & Pan-Mauritius Coalition / GCAP Mauritius organized a half day #Act4SDGs signature event that brought around 60 Mauritians together from several rural regions to discuss what needs to be done for quality education, social protection, climate change on the island.

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Nigeria

Youths from different parts of Nigeria regardless of gender, ethnic or religious persuasions, stood together in partnership with the Nigerian Government for the successful implantation of the SDGs.

Teachers and students from different schools across Nigeria were educated on how they can contribute to effective implementation of the SDGs through academics and education.

Nigeria Network of NGOs in Partnership, Food Basket Foundation, Civil Society Coalition on SDGs in Partnership with Splash FM radio organized a radio conference which focused on the sustainable development goals implementation in Nigeria.

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senegal

GCAP Senegal and CAAPOST-2015 organized an SDG implementation workshop in collaboration with representatives from the Ministry of Economic Policy Planning (DGPPE) and the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MEFP). The panel brought together decision makers from civil society – especially youth & women, research institutions and other activists, like a photo exhibition of inequality in Senegal.

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zambia

Civil Society MDG Campaign (CSMDG) / GCAP Zambia organized a meeting with government officials to get first hand information on the status of implementing the SDGs in the country two years after their adoption. In addition, they organized photo stunts in communities and at the national youth hub with a network of young people working around the SDGs in Zambia.

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Americas

In the Americas, the 2-year anniversary of the SDGs was celebrated over the whole hemisphere - from Buenos Aires to Vancouver, Bogotá to New York, with a a total of 390 actions taking place. In Mexico alone, over 87 actions with 10,000 people despite the massive earthquake took place.

Civil society from more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, the United State, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras mobilized a great variety of activities using the Global Day of Action as an opportunity to spread the word about the importance of SDGs.

There were public forums with policy makers, street dances & parades, visits to coral reefs, beach clean-ups, people connecting palm-to-palm in New York's Times Square, photo stunts, signature campaigns & petitions, community forums, the first ever Global People’s Summit, radio discussions, an interactive SDG exhibition, and sports contests.

All this was in addition to the huge social media campaign that spread the word with so many people urging to #Act4SDGs. The leaders meeting at the UNGA should have heard loud and clear this mass mobilization of thousands of people all around them – saying we the people demand the implementation of Agenda 2030! Together we can achieve the SDGs.

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USA - NEW YORK

#ACT4SDGS AT THE HEART OF THE 72ND UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

At the 72 UN General Assembly the UN SDG Action Campaign provided forums to experience cutting-edge technologies and to explore new ways to scale those innovations, to transfer skills and provide the necessary tools for individuals to be able to own and take action for the SDGs from across the globe, and to celebrate the actions and innovations that are already happening. Here are some of the highlights, including high-level events, interactive discussions, data showcases, the latest immersive experiences and UNVR screenings.

ASEAN MY World survey Launch

The ASEAN MY World survey was officially launched by the UNDP Administrator and the Thai foreign minister, accompanied by the nine other foreign ministers from the ASEAN region.

The survey will increase public awareness and capture priorities and perceptions of progress on the agendas, interpret peoples’ aspirations towards the ASEAN Community Vision and the SDGs at the national and regional level, and subsequently help shape policy recommendations and plans of action for ASEAN Member States to achieve the agenda/vision in a timely manner.

Go to the ASEAN My World 2030 Survey to Learn more: asean.myworld2030.org

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator at the official launch of the ASEAN MY World Survey with ASEAN Foreign Ministers. Credit: UNDP.
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SDG INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION

Moving from empathy to action, hundreds of visitors could discover and share citizen perceptions on the SDGs with a multitude of immersive experiences and participatory activations, real time SDG data visualizations, sharing their views on SDG progress through the MY World 2030 survey, and the social media commitment capsules at the #Act4SDGs corner.

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THE GLOBAL PEOPLE’S SUMMIT

The UN SDG Action Campaign and #Act4SDGs participated in the first ever Global People’s Summit for Sustainable Development to facilitate a series of activations and calls to action. In collaboration with #Act4SDGs, 84 Million people were reached in 160 Countries!

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connecting people on Times Square

#CONNECT is a Worldwide Initiative of Human Connectivity - Connecting people in real, palm-to-palm in a unique gesture and sound for Peace to overcome our differences of skins, religion, cultures, sexual or political orientation. In a high-visibility stunt for #Act4SDGs, #CONNECT was able to connect hundreds of people in a unique setting on New York's Times Square, sending a strong signal of solidarity and peace.

Mexico

MY World Mexico commemorated the anniversary of the SDGs with 87 actions in at least 15 states across the country. These included advocacy activities, beach clean ups, teaching the SDGs to children, visits to coral reefs and mobilizing the MY World 2030 survey.

The activities contemplated the participation of at least 10,000 people in the process and volunteers and organizations were able to put the light on the SDGs despite challenges left by September 19's earthquake. SDG Action also included mobilizing thousands to provide support to those affected and in need after the earthquakes. MY World Mexico also held its first National Festival of Agenda 2030 with the participation of Mexico's Office of the Presidency.

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Argentina

GCAP Argentina / FOCO (Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos) organized dances and street actions in the middle of Buenos Aires and an audiovisual activity which attracted the attention of many where the murga sounded for an intense hour. They also wore T-shirts with the campaign logos as well as GCAP’s and FOCO’s logos plus the official hashtag of Argentina for the SDGs and the campaign of the Day of Action.

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El salvador

Movimiento Enlaces por la Sustentabilidad / GCAP El Salvador organized an open forum held yesterday with the UNDP and the National University, as well as a human rights and SDGs (ODS) fair, with more than 600 people between both actions.

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PERU

The conference “Nosotros las personas Perú 2030 #ActúaxODS”, in Lima, Perú, gathered 137 participants, 23 speakers from government, UN Peru, private sector, academia and CSOs to share about social, estructural or technological innovations that are supporting the SDGs from their sectors.

It was co-organized by The Millennials Movement, Universidad del Pacífico, Red Interquorum and had the support of Global Compact Peru, Friedich Ebert´s Foundation, Fresko and Flora y Fauna Mercado Saludable.

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ASIA

Across Asia, civil society in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Iran, Afghanistan, Taiwan and elsewhere came together on the Global Day of Action.

People from all cross-sections were represented: youth, the elderly, women, people with disabilities, marginalized groups – they showcased their strength of mobilisation in urban and rural areas alike.

In total, there were 140 actions in 22 Asian countries, and were mainly facilitated by the Asia Civil Society Partnership on Sustainable Development (APSD) and GCAP.

In Pakistan and Sri Lanka, people marched in rallies and met the authorities and submitted petitions demanding better implementations of the Agenda 2030; in India, youth from marginalized communities did stunts in front of national landmarks; in Nepal the elderly marched in mass and did photo-ops, in Bangladesh, youth took selfies with various goals, in Japan there were with Parliamentarians, and in the Philippines, CSOs held discussions with university students.

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India

Over 50 events took place all over India, including Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) / GCAP India organized a poster competition, photo stunts in front of monuments such as India Gate as well as releasing a SDG report by state chapters of WNTA. National Foundation for India (NFI) and its partners organized discussion in universities in some states and did a twitter chat as well as other actions.

Society For Compassion & Peace organized a community meet-up where participants made their voice heard through the MY World 2030 survey in Kerala, India.

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PUBLIC MEETING, PUTHI MANGAL KHAN VILLAGE, HARYANA

Organized by the Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, Hisar, India, a non-profit organization working on UN sustainable development goals and targets.

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nepal

NGO Federation Nepal / GCAP Nepal organized a discussion for reflection and sharing of experiences on implementation of SDGs in the country with government officials, CSOs' representatives, prominent civil society leaders, representatives of international development partners, INGOs and the media. A memorandum was submitted to the National Planning Commission.

Ageing Nepal organized a rally of mainly older women and gave an orientation on #SDGs to 40 seniors, as well as information campaign in shopping areas on the SDGs.

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mongolia

A United Nations’ bus displaying the Global Goals for people and planet that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took a tour around the city of Ulaanbaatar, engaging the public at various locations. The bus traveled from the city center to the ger district with performers and public on-board.

Musicians, dancers, face painters and artists engaged the public to raise awareness about peoples' role in Mongolia’s development. Celebrities, like actor Orgil Makhaan, joined too.

"The world’s biggest problems can only be solved with the support of the people. People’s actions, choices and behaviors have the power to bring the change that we need today." - Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator
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Pakistan

Awaaz Foundation / GCAP Pakistan mobilized across Pakistan with different stakeholders including women, men, boys, girls, person with disabilities, MNA’s, civil servants, policy makers, researchers and media.

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Japan

SDGs Japan and GCAP Japan organized a few events including, a local mobilization event on SDGs in Uchiko, Ehime Prefecture, organized by the Shikoku Chapter of Japan Civil Network for the UN Decade of Biodiversity, and co-organized by the Civil Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan) and GCAP Japan, as well as a mobilization event on SDGs in Nabari, Sento Tarui, organized by the Tokai society network.

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Philippines

Philippines Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) / GCAP Philippines organised an orientation programme with 500 students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Kilusan Kontra Kahirapan.

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Europe

From the top of Norway to southern Greece, and from Brussels to Azerbaijan people all over Europe came together in over 130 events in 33 countries.

Highlights include an announcement by the Spanish government that the Prime Minister’s office would now run the implementation of Agenda 2030, the launch of SDG Watch Austria on the 2nd anniversary of the SDGs, to a march “lighting the way” in Ireland.

The countries were greatest number of events were the UK (24) and Germany (12) and issues highlighted include tacking the poverty of the elderly, economic development and the role of women in Ukraine, as well as 500 volunteers coming together for “The World's Best News Day" in Latvia.

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Austria

On the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the SDGs, SDG Watch Austria, a member of SDG Watch Europe, was launched. SDG Watch Austria is a network of 80 Civil Society organizations. Its main goal is working towards the realization of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. More info here: https://sdgwatch.at/

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Ireland

Irish Coalition 2030 for Sustainable Development, World Vision Ireland, Irish Environmental Network, ATD Fourth World & Dochas organized an Act4SDGs Global Goals 2nd Anniversary Rally in Dublin. 60 people, including CSOs, CEOs from different organisations, their employees, members of the public from all backgrounds, all ages took part.

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Latvia

The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) organized an informative and educational action on sustainable development, "The World's Best News Day", for the 3rd year in a row. They cooperated with several partners in the regions, which have participated in the campaign since 2015.

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Brussels

SDG Watch Europe organized a stunt in front of the European Commission & council asking why EU leaders are not doing more for the SDGs.

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Ukraine

League of Professional Women (LPW) supporting #Act4SDGs and taking actions for the SDGs in 22 & 24 of September in Kyiv & Lviv.

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Oceania/Pacific Islands

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Fiji

15 participants from non-governmental organisations participated in the Next Generation Leadership breakfast on SDGs event, along with the youngest Fiji Opposition Parliamentarian, Mosese Bulitavu. Press article available at http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2017/09/fijian-mp-speaks-to-cso-next-gen-leaders/

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#Act4SDGs Social Media solidarity

Hundreds of people showed their solidarity by adding the #Act4SDGs Facebook filter to their profile. Colleagues from The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), CIVICUS, the United Nations, and other organizations came together to show their solidarity for #Act4SDGs during the 72nd UN General Assembly.

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thank you for making it happen!

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Footnote: Pictures by courtesy of SDG Action Campaign, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) and Civil Society partners.