UNDP (SDG Action Campaign team and Representation Office in Tokyo) and the Japan SDGs Action Promotion Council will co-organize a global online event “SDGs Global Festival of Action from Japan” (“Japan Festival”) on Thurs 25 and Fri 26 March 2021.The Japan Festival will be held as the first regional spin-off edition of the SDG Global Festival of Action (“Global Festival”)
COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, and growing inequality threaten the world, people and the planet are at a turning point. Now is the time to use the compass for the future, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to rethink the way we have been living and to change the world.
The Japan Festival is curated by the United Nations agencies based in Japan. Representatives from all over the world, including Japan, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, from various sectors; the United Nations, corporations, entrepreneurs, NGOs, youth organizations, and local governments will take the stage to talk about their ideas, successes, future activities, and aspirations for achieving the SDGs, regardless of country, affiliation, or generation. In addition to talks and performances by goodwill ambassadors of UN agencies and comedians, there will also be film screenings. We will provide many hints and encouragement to those who want to work on the SDGs in the future, as well as to those who are already working on them!
The Festival will provoke debate and drive action around four cross cutting themes highlighting ideas, approaches and solutions, for climate action, poverty & inequality, gender equality, and inclusive systems and finance. We must make 2021 a turning point for people and planet!
The SDG Global Festival of Action from JAPAN will be held on the same online platform as part of the SDG Global Festival of Action. You can watch both the global version of the festival and the Japanese version (“Festival from JAPAN”) once you complete the registration.
Multilingual support in English, French, Spanish, and International Sign Language. In addition to sessions by prominent figures, we are planning to have an SDG Action Award ceremony, workshops for creating ideas and teaching how-to’s for promoting the SDGs, a space for networking, an exhibition corner for art works, etc., and a resource room.
The Japanese version also includes interpreters for all sessions and is available in English, Japanese, and International sign language. Each session introduction is available in both English and Japanese. There will be a total of 15 sessions: 7 panel talks, 3 live interactive workshops, 3 speeches and performances by UN Goodwill Ambassadors, and 2 short films!
The is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General administered by UNDP and mandated to scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement of action for the SDGs.
“Japan SDGs Action Promotion Council,” established in June 2020, is a multisectoral coalition of Japan’s leading SDG actors, including the Japanese government, business associations, civil society, academia, and local governments.