Virtual | Global Goals Week 2020

Virtual | Global Goals Week 2020

? 18 – 26 September 2020 

The countries of the United Nations made a universal promise to leave no one behind in achieving a peaceful and prosperous world by 2030. Global Goals Week is a shared commitment between 100+ partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system.

Global Goals Week will take place virtually, focusing on making this a turning point to recover better for people and the planet. It is designed to bring together people from leaders to citizens to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also known as the Global Goals – as COVID-19 threatens to reverse decades of progress.

The United Nations (UN) will bring together world leaders through a mix of virtual and in-person representation, for the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. This year’s historic General Assembly will not only mark the 75th anniversary of the UN but five years since the Global Goals were agreed to by 193 countries.

Organisers announced the 2020 Global Goals Week following UN reports highlighting the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on SDG progress – particularly on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for renewed ambition, mobilization, leadership, and collective action: to beat COVID-19 and recover better together in order to create more inclusive and equitable societies everywhere.

The week will include Global Goals Day on September 25 – the anniversary of the day the Goals were agreed. This will take place under the theme of ‘Factivism’ drawing attention to the state of the Goals’ progress and the actions needed from everyone during this Decade of Action to deliver the Goals by 2030. COVID-19 has underlined both the importance of timely data and the importance of consolidated action. ‘Factivists’ all over the world will shine a spotlight on critical data points.

A number of events and activations will take place across September including the UN’s SDG Action Zone, the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, a Global Week of Action coordinated by Action for Sustainable Development, and the SDG Action Campaign, and Climate Week NYC.

Original source: UNDP