UN Secretary-General António Guterres approved a new group of activists in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. It includes 17 famous and influential personalities from around the world, six of them - are here for the first time. Among them is the winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad.
The task of activists is to spread knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals and promote ideas that will facilitate their early implementation. Recall, the Goals, aimed at improving the living conditions of all the inhabitants of the planet and protecting the environment, were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a summit in New York. The current members of the group were co-chaired by Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
“We have the tools that we need to address towards the challenges of climate change, pollution, poverty and inequality. They are laid down in the most important agreements of 2015 - the Agenda until 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement, - the Secretary General said, introducing the new group. “However, tools mean nothing if they are not used for their intended purpose.” Therefore, our message today and on any other day is very clear: we need active actions, purposefulness and political will. ”
The composition of the group reflects the universal nature of the Goals, which covers almost all aspects of life. The activists include influential representatives of governments, show business, academia, the sports world, the private sector and non-governmental organizations. These people will have to build bridges between different groups of the population of the planet so that, by joining forces, they will contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. “Together, we will succeed in turning the dream into a reality,” said group co-chair, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
“If we succeed in establishing effective work, we will be able to rid millions of people from poverty and significantly expand social support until 2030,” said Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana.