UN celebrates International Day of Happiness with the SmurfsListen /
Voice actors who play the “Smurfs” in an animated movie joined UN officials on Saturday to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and launch a campaign to promote a more peaceful, equitable and healthy world.
The small blue cartoon characters will encourage children, young people and adults to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, protect the planet and give all people the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Jocelyne Sambira has the story.
The "Small Smurfs Big Goals" campaign is offering a platform to children and young people to speak out about issues they are passionate about.
As part of the celebrations, Team Smurfs are recognizing three UN Youth advocates for their actions to promote the Goals.
Karan Jerath invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life.
Sarina Divan expanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond.
And Noor Samee is a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Day of Happiness, celebrated every year on 20 March, emphasizes the importance of personal happiness and well-being.
The idea is closely linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
They include decent work for all, access to nutritious food, quality education and health services, and freedom from discrimination.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.