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27 April 2023

Co-Chairs of UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates Prime Ministers Mia Mottley and Justin Trudeau convene SDG Advocates ahead of the halfway mark of the 2030 Agenda

NEW YORK, 27 April 2023 –Co-Chairs of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates, H.E. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados and H.E. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada convened a special meeting with the group today to discuss the priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the years ahead.

The world has seen compounding crises and conflicts, and the COVID pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities. Within this context, the group explored ways to accelerate action to meet the urgent needs of people and planet as the halfway mark of the 2030 Agenda approaches.

“The world is in a polycrisis situation and needs oxygen to invest in the SDGs. Survival is not enough,” stated Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley.

From the SDG Studio at UN Headquarters, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau called on the group to use their platforms and networks to mobilize action.

“The Sustainable Development Goals show how interconnected we are and how interconnected each issue is. We must work towards the Goals together,” he stated.

Ahead of the SDG Summit in September, the Secretary-General has called upon the world to deliver game-changing strategies for the second half of SDGs implementation. Through their diverse roles and expertise, the SDG Advocates have the reach to bring sustainable and transformative change across the globe.

The SDG Advocates are influential leaders who support the Secretary-General in raising ambition and action to keep the promise of the SDGs. The Advocates are supported by the UN Office for Partnerships.
SDG Advocates
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados (Co-chair)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada (Co-chair)
Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar
His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, 14th Emir of Kano
BLACKPINK, K-pop Group
Richard Curtis, Screenwriter, Producer and Film Director
Hindou Ibrahim, Activist for Climate Action and Indigenous Rights
Graça Machel, Founder and Chair of the Board, Graça Machel Trust
Dia Mirza, Actor, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador
Valentina Muñoz Rabanal, STEM Activist
Edward Ndopu, Public Intellectual, Humanitarian and Founder of A BILLION REASONS
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft Corporation
Forest Whitaker, Founder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, Founder of Tent Partnership for Refugees
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Solmy Lee, UN Office for Partnerships, United Nations,