UN Global Perspective: focus on SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement

Forest Whitaker. UN Photo/Mark Garten

SDGs detail “a list of needs” to move planet forward: Forest Whitaker

World leaders have been gathering at UN headquarters in New York for the historic signing of a climate change deal that they agreed to last December. They've also been discussing progress towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The American actor and social activist Forest Whitaker is a United Nations SDG Advocate. He spoke in the General Assembly and called on world leaders to engage their fellow citizens to create a worldwide popular movement in support for the SDGs. Dianne Penn caught up with him shortly after his speech. She asked him why it is critical to achieve the 17 goals.

 

 

David Nabarro. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Agenda on climate change and development is "bare minimum" we need

The ambitious goals that governments have set themselves for tackling sustainable development and climate change are the "absolute bare minimum" the world needs. That's the firm and passionate view of David Nabarro, the UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda. In Paris in December, more than 190 countries committed to keeping carbon emissions below 2 degrees Celsius. Matthew Wells asked David Nabarro to describe the importance of the debate on how best to achieve the SDGs.

 

Cassie Flynn. UN Photo.

"New era" for climate change action

The world is entering what's been described as a "new era" in which it must take action to reverse damaging rises in the planet's temperature. The target is to restrict global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees. Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to Cassie Flynn, the Climate Change adviser for the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

 

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