On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the 3rd anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals, over a million people mobilised on the Global Day to Act for the SDGs in over 1,300 cities in 150 countries in actions led by over 1,200 SDG Action partners in a worldwide mass mobilisation for the Sustainable Development Goals to show world leaders that people and organisations everywhere are standing behind the Goals and expect their leaders to do the same.
Three years ago, on 25 September, world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: a universal and transformative pathway to end poverty, hunger, and inequalities whilst tackling climate change, gender equality and other key sustainable development objectives.
Today, a global movement for the SDGs is raising: institutions, organisations, businesses and individuals everywhere are engaged, developing new solutions for the SDGs, and making positive change through their work and in their personal lives.
“If everyone acts and joins in a global movement for the SDGs we will end poverty, reduce inequalities, and tackle climate change together. Therefore, on 25 September, we showed the world the creativity, passion and commitment for the SDGs,” says Mitchell Toomey, director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.
Over 1,500 organisations have joined the movement so far, organising mobilisations in more than 1,300 cities in 150 countries: SDG marches in Ireland, mangrove restoration in Rio de Janeiro, beach cleaning in the Maldives, the world largest photo book featuring SDG stories in Nigeria, SDG storytelling trainings in Mali, or a marathon for the SDGs in Belarus are some of the SDG actions that held across the world on September 25.
The thousands of SDG Actions will be brought into the UN General Assembly. All actions will be highlighted in a real-time and interactive global map of SDG Actions and the most inspiring and impactful ones will be featured at the UN HQ in New York on the Opening Day of the UN General Assembly. The Global day to Act4SDGs is part of the Global Goals Week, held from September 22 to 29, with events taking place in New York and around the world.