The SDG Media Zone kicked off the 10th annual UN Youth Forum with conversations on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals as the world responds and recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.
NEW YORK, USA, May 6, 2021 / Under the theme, “The Future We Want,” the SDG Media Zone, produced by the UN Department of Global Communications with support from the PVBLIC Foundation, hosted conversations that amplified the voices and visions of young people who are central to the global efforts to recover better, stronger and together. The SDG Media Zone looked at some of the most defining issues affecting young people today—climate change and inequality.
The conversations, which focused on reimagining a more equal and fair world, captured youth perspectives on global to community-level problems and solutions, taking the Sustainable Development Goals into the public discourse at a time of unprecedented paradigm shifts as we face the challenges and opportunities of a post-pandemic world.
Ahead of the opening of the UN Youth Forum in April, the SDG Media Zone featured the candid and inspiring conversation ‘Reimagining a Better World’, between the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, and two young activists - Anika Jenne Dorothy from Amplify Girls and Melati Wijsen from Youthtopia - who are leading change in their communities and transforming the world. The session was led and moderated by UN News.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed participated in a session called ‘Reimagining the Sustainable Development Goals’, produced by the BBC World Service, featuring a conversation between the UN leader and three teenagers. They spoke passionately about what young people want from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as they question the current state of the world with the hopes of shaping a more meaningful future for everyone. The session was a special episode of the BBC World Service’s 17-part series called Project 17, where seventeen 17-year-olds in seventeen countries explore progress and setbacks in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The final session of the SDG Media Zone ‘Reimagining Climate Justice’ was moderated by Mark Fischetti of Scientific American and looked at the climate crisis through a human rights lens, based on the belief that by working together we can create a better future for present and future generations. Young and inspiring climate activists, including Fatemah Alzelzela (UNEP Young Champion and Founder of Eco Star), Máximo Mazzocco (UNDP Generation 17 Young Leader and Founder of Eco House) and Sara Suárez (UNDP Youth Environmental Journalist Volunteer) explained why it is now more important than ever to prioritize the planet.
This SDG Media Zone was made possible with support from CGCX.io, a global leader in crypto exchange and blockchain solutions, and BGBF-I, South East Asia’s first insured Bitcoin Fund. As part of its ongoing commitment towards sustainable development, the leadership of CGCX and BGBF-I is supporting projects that utilize blockchain technologies to address societal gaps, promote climate solutions and expand the availability of digital health and wellness services.
“We are proud to support the SDG Media Zone as part of our commitment to use Blockchain technologies to advance the SDGs,” said Dr. Vin Menon, the CGCX.io and BGBF-I Co-Founder. “It is important to highlight youth voices and hear their ideas and strategies to reimagine our world. This partnership allows us to extend our ‘Bitcoin for good’ aspirations as we reimagine ways to help rebuild post-pandemic.”
“We are very happy to support our partners at the UN Department of Global Communications to produce and program this SDG Media Zone and we are thankful to partners like Dr. Menon for believing in this work and supporting our mission to engage global changemakers and mobilize action to advance sustainable development around the world,” said Sergio Fernández de Córdova, Executive Chairman of PVBLIC Foundation.
Check out the SDG Media Zone program below and stay tuned for conversations that matter.