Last month leaders from across the world gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. As they came together to discuss how to accelerate action on the Global Goals, and create a sustainable future for all, Project Everyone and the United Nations Office for Partnerships unveiled the iconic SDG Pavilion, at UNHQ.
The SDG Pavilion – designed by artist Es Devlin – provided a beacon of hope for the Goals at Halftime, its brightly coloured totems inviting attendees to engage with the 17 Goals through 17 doors.
“Each door is a portal to one of the goals – seen through the lens of artists, activists, poets, thinkers and makers from every continent. Within the pavilion we have installed ‘An Assembly of the Trees’, a parallel to the assembly of humans in the UN headquarters across the lawn.”
Now, it’s your turn to be inspired, learn, and engage with the SDGs like never before. Explore the exhibits and meet the makers by visiting our virtual Pavilion hosted by Google Arts & Culture.
The Halftime Talks
Throughout UNGA week, the Pavilion welcomed an extraordinary roster of illustrious speakers, artists and visionaries for lively debates, talks and performances. From Winning Strategies for Financing the SDGs to Climate Justice – the sessions explored solutions to some of the most pressing issues we face today. Watch the Halftime Talks here.
Programming kicked off with the Halftime Show – featuring an incredible line-up of Goals supporters, including Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, Orlando Bloom, Forest Whitaker, and Yemi Alade, among many others who added their voices to our call for urgent action on the SDGs. If you missed it, catch up on the show on UN YouTube.
We also welcomed influencers Prajakta Koli, Nathalia Arcuri and Alice Aedy to our first ever Creator Studio at the SDG Pavilion. From Marina Silva, Environment Minister of Brazil to Valentina Muñoz Rabanal, feminist STEM advocate and SDG Advocate – the studio brought the Goals to life and to brand new audiences. Take a look at our YouTube playlist.
Reflecting on the past month’s activities inspires hope for the second half but we know there is still so much more to be done. The world needs to change the game in the second half – and we will continue to ensure that our rallying cries to come together and win are heard loud and clear.
A huge thanks to the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the following partners for making the SDG Pavilion possible: Betsee Parker, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Government of Canada, Deloitte, Education Above All, Google.org, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Microsoft, Government of the State of Qatar, the United Nations Foundation and Wellcome Trust.