Let’s help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - a new exhibition shows you how

Governments around the world have agreed to dramatic, radical Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Success will depend on the engagement of all citizens, who must understand the goals and what actions they should take to help change the world.

See the new exhibition (English and French): www.wholeearth.unesco.org.uk

A new exhibition launched today (12 April 2018) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, explains the 17 goals to a global audience and some of the actions we can all take to achieve them. The Exhibition, Whole Earth? A Citizen’s guide to the Sustainable Development Goals (and how to save the world), has been designed by the internationally-renowned Hard Rain Project, with the support of UNESCO, the UK Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said:

“Because it raises awareness and helps everyone to see the connections between their lives and global challenges, this project was awarded the UNESCO Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2017. Caring leads to change in our ways of thinking, acting and living. Our message is that building a fairer world and protecting our planet starts with daily actions that can transform our common future, and this exhibition inspires viewers to question and be engaged.”

Matthew Lodge, Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO, said:

“I was deeply impressed by Mark when I first met him during the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017. His photographs combine a light-hearted sophistication with a deeper dive into the concerns related to climate change and poverty. His images speak volumes but his narrative also suggests how we as international representatives of our governments have a moral duty to join up as intermediaries and honest brokers and to improve the delivery of the multilateral system because all of the levers are already in our hands, whether they are technical, social, economic and political.”

 

The UK Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, UNESCO, The Government of Japan, and the UK National Commission for UNESCO hosted a reception for the exhibition at UNESCO’s Executive Board in April 2018. Photo: H.E Mr Matthew Lodge, Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO

On September 25, 2015, 193 member countries of the UN General Assembly agreed to implement the SDGs. The SDGs are a call for action to change our world. Achieving the goals and their 169 specific targets will require global co-operation by all governments and the active support and encouragement of citizens, schools and universities around the world.

The Exhibition is an updated version of the internationally acclaimed Hard Rain Project, which was awarded the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education on Sustainable Development in November 2017. Whole Earth? aims to increase awareness about sustainability challenges and possible solutions among a broad audience. Through award-winning photographs, it depicts the immense obstacles to sustainable development, while outlining the collective action we could take to achieve the ambitious Agenda by 2030.

 

The speakers at the launch reception were: H.E Mr Matthew Lodge, Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO. Mr Firmin Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Education a.i. at UNESCO, Mr Kazuaki Kawabata, Director-General for International Affairs at the Japenese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Mr Mark Edwards, Founder of the Whole Earth? Exhibition. Speeches were introduced by Dr Beth Taylor, Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Photo: Mark Edwards, Whole Earth Project

Mark Edwards, Founder of the Hard Rain Project and winner of the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education on Sustainable Development, said:

“Finally, our governments have set the bold goals we have been demanding for decades in the areas of hunger, poverty, equality and the environment. Let’s put a mass movement behind those ambitions.”

 

The Whole Earth Exhibition is currently showing on the gates around UNESCO in Paris.

Dr Beth Taylor, Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, said:

“The Whole Earth? Exhibition highlights the need to harness the power of collaboration through bringing together all countries and their citizens. Through vivid and exceptional photography, the exhibition makes it easy for everyone to understand the Global Goals l – an important step in achieving them.”

“The exhibition explores ways for everyone – governments, citizens, schools and universities – around the world to take on ownership of the goals and deliver them by 2030. As the exhibition shows, if the goals are taken seriously, they have the potential to change all our lives for the better.”

The launch reception at UNESCO Headquarters was attended by Member States, UNESCO, National Commissions, students from French Universities and members of the public

James Bridge, Secretary-General of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, said:

“The ‘Whole Earth?” images connect with people from around the world and contribute to UNESCO’s goal of building the defences of peace in the minds of women and men”

The UNESCO Japan Prize rewards outstanding projects and programmes in Education for Sustainable Development globally.