UNDP partners with 50 leading newspapers to raise awareness of the Global Goals

Jun 23, 2017

UNDP is partnering with Impact Journalism Day 2017 to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, around the world.

On 24 June, 50 of the world’s leading newspapers, including USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, Le Figaro, The Hindu, City Press, El País and La Nación will simultaneously publish 60 articles on ordinary people who have found ways to develop sustainable solutions which will contribute to achieving the Global Goals.

In 2015, nearly all governments across the world signed up to achieve the Goals, a plan to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that no one is left behind – all By 2030. The 17 Goals are aimed at making sure people have access to clean water, energy, education, health care and good jobs; achieving gender equality; reducing vulnerability to climate-change and disasters; reducing inequality; protecting our oceans and forests; preventing conflict and promoting peace and justice around the world.

Together, achieving all of these Goals will mean an end to all forms of poverty.

Mila Rosenthal, UNDP’s Director of Communications, said: “For UNDP, the Global Goals are at the heart of all the work we do in nearly 170 countries to end poverty and inequality. We want people everywhere to learn about and support the Goals. That’s why we’ve partnered with Impact Journalism Day to shine a light on initiatives from around the world that will help to achieve the Goals, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all people. The Goals are ambitious, but I believe that we can and must achieve them.”

A UNDP-supported project in Algeria is among the featured stories. The Guerbes-Sanhadja wetland in Algeria is an important biodiversity area but is threatened by human activity and unsustainable agricultural practices. To conserve this unique ecosystem, the government, with financial and technical support from UNDP and WWF, has encouraged farmers and unemployed young people to take up beekeeping as an alternative and sustainable source of revenue, which has been very successful.

Sparknews, the founder of Impact Journalism Day, aims to reach the public all over the world through the power of leading newspapers with facts on the Global Goals as well as the stories that show that change is both possible and accessible. These stories then provide sources of possible inspiration for other communities. People can help these stories reach millions of people by sharing them widely - sharestoriesofchange.org

Since its creation five years ago, Impact Journalism Day has shone light on more than 350 “solutions” or projects.

Further information can be found on www.impactjournalismday.com with a list of all the newspapers involved here: http://impactjournalismday/partners/

For more information, contact Anjali Kwatra, Head of Media, anjali.kwatra@undp.org or +1 212 906 6389 (office)

 

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