The UN Secretary-General announced the appointment of a group of world-renowned persons to assist in the campaign to build widespread support for the Sustainable Development Goals, earlier this week.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of intergovernmental targets that world leaders unanimously adopted last September to set the development agenda for the next 15 years. Papua New Guinea was among the 193 countries that have committed to meet these goals by 2030, which aim to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while leaving no one behind.
The list of Advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals boasts an impressive array of eminent people including Royal Heads of State, prominent business and political leaders, leading academics as well as famous artists and sports personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in their fields. Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of the global company Unilever and Leo Messi, world famous football star are among the list of people chosen by the Secretary General to generate momentum and commitment to achieving these goals.
“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
The Advocates will take on the task of promoting and raising awareness, and fostering greater participation from everyone across the world to get behind the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The diverse group of Advocates will engage with partners from civil society, academia, parliaments, and the private sector to develop new and ground-breaking ideas and ways to promote sustainable development.
“This is an excellent initiative that will help to inform the global citizens about the Sustainable Development Goals. With the help of these high profile advocates more citizens around the world will know about the SDGs – this is vital for implementing the global Goals”, said Mr Roy Trivedy, Resident Coordinator for the UN in Papua New Guinea.