CITIZENS IN INDIA AND AROUND THE GLOBE CALL ON WORLD LEADERS TO ACT ON 2ND ANNIVERSARY of SDGs (#ACT4SDGs)
Today, on the 2nd anniversary of the SDGs, thousands of citizens in over 107 countries and cities around the world, including in India will raise our voices and hold our world leaders accountable to #ACT4SDGs.
Through the We the People ACT4SDGs campaign thousands of campaigners and ordinary citizens have come together around the anniversary in over 650 eventsfrom Manila to Buenos Aires to Brussels, Mexico City and Nairobi, to create awareness on the SDGs, highlight local realities, and hold our governments accountable.
Wada Na Todo Abhiyan/ GCAP India initiated photo events with different partner Civil Society Organisations as well as marginalised communitiessuch as children, youth, women, Dalits, Tribals, urban poor and religious minorities atten landmark locations in the national capital city, New Delhi such as Lotus Temple, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Parliament House, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar and Central Park in Connaught Place. Moreover, WNTA is running a Social Media Campaign for 15 days, i.e., from 10th to 25th September 2017 highlighting the status of implementation of SDGs in India, with special focus on marginalized groups. AnOnline Poster-Making Competition on SDGs: Agenda 2030, Launch of SDGWatchTN in Tamil Nadu as well as Press Release of Civil Society Report on SDGs in ten different states of India were some of the highlighting events of WNTA/GCAP India’s initiatives of popularising the SDG: Agenda 2030.
Ms. Manshi Singh from Wada Na Todo Abhiyan said: “We urge our leaders to #ACT4SDGs and take urgent action to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. We can work together to create a better, more fair world. Our future, our children’s future, and the future of our planet depends on it.’’
On 25 September 2015, world leaders agreed to a definitive plan for the planet and its people by adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. If the 193 governments who signed the SDGs hold to their commitments, the results will be extraordinary. The SDGs could achieve:
- An end to extreme poverty by 2030 that condemns millions of people, especially women and girls, to an early death, poor education and ill health.
- A turning point in the soaring levels of inequality and discrimination.
- An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy, ensuring policies that take care of people and planet.
Photos and stories from all parts of the world will be aggregated and showcased on www.act4sdgs.org for all to see how people take actions for SDGs.
Notes to editors: Please contact Manshi Singh the Programme Officer fromWada Na Todo Abhiyan on firstname.lastname@example.org, 8376833414 for interview requests, details of national mobilization in India or for any other questions.
We the People ACT4SDGs is a global campaign created by UN SDG Action Campaign and national coalition of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) to create awareness and promote the SDGs among citizens. We are joining forces with civil society, volunteers, and citizens in 100 different countries to send a strong signal to leaders about what needs to be done two years after the approval of the goals. Our movement is open and inclusive. Everyone who shares our vision and wants to mobilize and engage citizens in their communities or around the world is invited to join our movement.
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) is a southern-led movement that challenges the structures and institutions that perpetuate poverty and inequality. GCAP supports people in 85 countries in their struggles for justice and brings individuals and organisations together to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequalities. Together, we defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice, climate justice and the security needed for the dignity and peace of all.
Syeda Tanbir Azmi
Documentation & Communication Assistant
Wada Na Todo Abhiyan