We’ve heard that the years 2020 and 2021 were ‘unprecedented years’ far too often. But the start of 2022 was certainly an unprecedented one (in a good way) for the Goals. For the first time ever, Global Goals Week has taken place outside of the UN’s General Assembly in New York. This time, the global opportunity has taken place in Dubai as part of Expo 2020 from 15-22nd January.
This exciting opportunity has allowed the Goals to be inserted into another truly global event with, helping raise awareness about why they are so important for both people and planet.
With the world still fighting to tackle Covid and its impacts, we understand that not everyone would be able to be in Dubai to see the Global Goals in all its glory. That’s why, this week, we will be sharing some of our live updates from Dubai with you.
WHAT IS EXPO 2020?
Dubai is currently hosting Expo 2020 and aims to use sustainability to connect minds and create a brighter future. Anticipating 25 million visitors throughout its six-month duration (October 2021 – March 2022), Expo 2020 offers visitors a chance to meet people from around the world by visiting 192 country pavilions.
Expo 2020 was built with sustainability in mind. from using reusable construction materials to build its infrastructure through to generating half of its electricity from renewable sources. So it’s only fitting that the Global Goals take centre stage at Expo, shining a light on why sustainability is not just possible but vital.
WHAT’S HAPPENING DURING GLOBAL GOALS WEEK?
On Saturday 15th January, the colourful Global Goals lit up the world’s largest 360 degree projection screen, the Al Wasl dome. This was followed by a procession of Global Goals flags, carried by UN SDG advocates such as physician Dr Alaa Murabit and poet Emi Mahmoud. Before hearing from the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed.
While the world has a long way to go to achieve these Goals, in her speech, the Deputy Secretary-General spoke of our individual and collective responsibility to make these 17 Goals a reality for everyone, everywhere and that the work that’s left to be done, cannot wait.
“It is up to each and every one of us, individually and collectively, to turn this engagement into partnerships and investments that tangibly improve people’s lives everywhere. With the Global Goals woven into the fabric of Expo 2020, I cannot think of a more appropriate place for us to renew our shared commitment to keep the promises that we made in 2015.” – Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
On Sunday 16th January, the flagship event of the week took place – titled Global Goals for All – with the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed and HE Reem Al Hashimy joining an array of experts, changemakers and performers. At this event, they discussed how, together, we can accelerate progress on the Goals during the Decade of Action and how we can get the World’s To-Do List for people and planet, done.
Project Everyone’s Co-Founder, Gail Galle spoke to an incredible group of thinkers, changemakers and advocates, reflecting on how we can reignite a sense of urgency and drive accelerated action at scale to deliver these 17 Goals. This event was followed by a week-long schedule of fantastic Global Goals themed events and you can live stream all of them here:
On Sunday 17th January, the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed was joined by UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri along with others including UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake and Founder of Project17 and Co-founder of Project Everyone, Gail Gallie to open the Expo Portals.
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