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Dear colleagues, partners and friends,

as 2018 draws to a close it is a real honor for me to share this end of the year message with many thanks, much hope, and best wishes from the UN SDG Action Campaign’s team that I have the privilege to lead.

Many thanks for an incredible 2018 which was possible because of your commitment, passion and perseverance to make the SDG a reality everywhere. Together we inspired, mobilized and connected people taking SDG actions at all levels and throughout the world.

Much hope to continue to work together to scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the run up of the milestone review processes that will take place in 2019 and that will require inspiring and sustained SDG actions to keep the momentum on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Best wishes  on behalf of my amazing team for this holiday season, which we hope you will celebrate with your family and friends, 

Marina, and the Action Campaign team

Now enjoy some of our Best of 2018 #Act4SDGs moments which we have compiled for you to reflect on the past and prepare for the wonderful year ahead of us.

When i say GLOBAL you say... ACTION! 
The annual Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany attracted over 250 speakers: 1,500 participants from over 120 countries, and more than 30,000 online viewers from 158 countries… It was incredible to see so many people in one place from all over the world making a difference! Relive one of everyone’s favourite moments…

The top 8 SDG change-makers helped us tell the world “WE are READY”

An innovative anti-corruption campaign from Nigeria; a short-film documentary series made by the daughters of garment workers in Bangladesh to call for supply chain transparency; and a young man who provided comprehensive sexuality education to over 1,000 teenagers and mothers in Ghana were some of this year’s UN SDG Action Awards winners
The next Festival will be held on 2-4 May 2019. Become an Action Partner and co-design the Festival! and apply for the next edition of the UN SDG Action Awards

Mali, Colombia, Lebanon, Romania… citizens are getting engaged in the 2030 Agenda

In 2018, over 60,0000 responses were collected for MY World 2030, the global survey collecting people’s views and perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals to make them part of the official review processes and political discussions. Mali, Colombia and Morocco where some of the countries with the highest number of citizens mobilized. And we won an award!! read the whole story

Data and human stories go together: Sharing people’s views and real concerns on the SDGs

Through data or collaborative photo and video stories we give the spot light to people from across the world to share their views and perspectives on the issues that affect them. Thousands of stories from people across the world, including Yemen, Nigeria, Sweden and Germany were shared with the world, and presented at more than 15 SDG Action Hubs, from Germany to China... 

A million people in 1,242 cities from 142 countries joined the Global day to #Act4DSGs on 25 September

To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development and the SDGs, wether marching for the SDGs in Ireland, restoring mangroves in Brasil, cleaning up a beach in the Philippines or launching a campaign to communicate the Goals,the world took Action for the SDGs, and leaders listened... 

Zero tolerance for violence against women and girls!

We returned to the European Development Days in Brussels to bring the Spotlight Initiative and put women and girls at the center of Sustainable Development together with the UN family, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Youtube Creator for Change Miles Dyer or Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary — General’s Envoy on Youth. 
Queen Mathilde and Amina Mohammed on the intersections between Mental Health and Violence against Women at the European Development Days 

Some of the most inspiring SDG 360 experiences of the year were created by young students across the world

Brazilian activist Francisca’s community, students from a super-neighborhood in Houston, and Myrtle the sea turtle took the delegates at the UN General Assembly on an immersive trip to call for urgent action on food security, access to education or ocean preservation. MYWorld 360 program is inviting students from across the world to learni about the SDGs and use Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 media to document stories from their communities and participate in generating solutions for the issues they care about.

“I never thought they would listen to us” Young people bringing their SDGs — photo & video documentaries to decision-makers

Photographing mountains of waste waiting to be recycled, portraying the life of a young men living on the streets of Germany, or what safety for young women and girls in Iraq or Belgium means…some of the most powerful SDG visual stories of the year were created by young students between 13 and 17 years old, trained in a series of workshops led by Canon Ambassadors. The incredibly inspiring imagery was presented to parliament representatives, in international photography fairs, public exhibitions in Germany, Poland and Belgium, and featured by several media outlets in Germany, Spain and Italy. Take a look at some of the best photos 

And this is only the beginning! We are looking forward already to another year of working with you to continue making the #act4SDGs movement grow.

Read the whole piece on medium 2018, a year of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals  and 
tell us, what were your #Act4SDGs highlights? 

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