#Act4SDGs – Actions for the future

Action Week marking the UN General Assembly – people all over the world promoting the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals.

Volunteers also collect trash on the Baltic coast.
Volunteers also collect trash on the Baltic coast. picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild

While the political representatives of the member states discuss the present and future of the world at the UN General Assembly, everyone else will have an opportunity to promote the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. #Act4SDGs – the UN's Global Action Week – will run parallel to the 77th UN General Assembly from 16 to 25 September 2022. The actions are registered on the SDG Action Global Map.

The 2022 Action Week also marks the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, in which the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. Five key messages precede these goals to illustrate their inextricable linkage: the '5Ps': People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership.

What are the aims of #Act4SDGs?

#Act4SDGs aims to promote collective action and to mobilize groups from all sectors of the global population to advance the SDGs and the transformation they entail – and to deliver a reminder to the heads of state and government. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is providing financial support for the Action Week.

Thousands of Germans traditionally take part in the week with a wide variety of actions, e.g. in Mannheim. There, the One World Forum Mannheim and the Centre for Global Learning are organizing forest excursions for children between the ages of eight and eleven in cooperation with Eco-City Rhine-Neckar. The children will learn about the importance of trees, both for nature and as a resource, but also about the effects of climate change on woodland.

As part of #Act4SDGs, World Clean-up Day will also be held in 2022 with 60 million participants in 191 countries worldwide. In Germany, 189,626 people are participating in this project to remove trash from nature at 3,217 clean-ups in 836 communities. As in Schwalmstadt, for example, where each year about 500 adults and children walk through the municipal area and free it from garbage and litter.

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