On June 24th, RELX hosted the seventh SDG Inspiration Day filled with partnered with a series of engaging, interactive and stimulating events. The event was curated in collaboration with Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Global Citizen, Responsible Media Forum, UN Global Compact India, UN Global Compact UK. The virtual event explored topics including post Covid-19 opportunities for the Goals, innovations towards achieve the Goals and the ‘new normal’ for the #SDGs.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre took stage at three different sessions throughout the day. CEO Monika Froehler joined as a panelist for the session on, “Inclusion and Equality: leave no-one behind to achieve the goals.” The session included inspirational panelists such as Akanksha Sharma, Head of Sustainability and CSR at Sterlite Technologies Ltd., and Sello Hatang, President of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
“There are 4 ways to continue our work towards achieving the SDGs. Cooperation, Activism, Technology, and Compassion. The latter is important in that we understand we have more in common than what differentiates us. Only then we will leave no one behind.” CEO Monika Froehler.
Although we are met with many problems in regard to inclusion and the global divide, the speakers conveyed the importance of global citizenship education as a solution to mending these inequalities.
Later during the event, Program Officer Julia Zimmerman hosted a session included in the “Innovation Fair” featuring two of the Centre’s Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholars of 2020. Julia shared two videos of the scholars explaining their work towards the SDGs and their proposed SDG Micro-Projects for the scholarship.
Mr. Odour Kevin is working in Kenya, Nairobi, for sustainable food management and reducing food waste, and Ms. Tafadzwa is working for sustainable wastewater management in Zimbabwe.
During his presentation, Mr. Oduor Kevin said, “The problem of food insecurity is so huge. It’s an elephant. It cannot only be left to governments, it cannot only be left to organizations, we must all do something.”
In her presentation, Ms. Tafadzwa stated that “As much as accessing clean water is important, for the sustainability of water and health, there is a need for equal attention to be paid to wastewater and what happens to water after it has been used. It is the responsibility of both the provider and the recipients of water.”
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