Peace is Loud speaker and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee was appointed to the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group at last week’s World Economic Forum. At the forum, global leaders convened in Davos, Switzerland to discuss development and policy initiatives to promote growth and reduce inequalities, including the launch of this group.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Advocacy Group co-chairs, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Ghanian President John Dramani Mahama, led a panel discussion at the Forum explaining how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be translated into practice, and the role of the Advocacy Group to further this agenda. The group members were selected based on their resources, networks and special skills conducive to furthering development progress.
In addition to the co-chairs and Leymah Gbowee, the other esteemed members include Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Screenwriter, Producer and Film director Richard Curtis; Chairperson of the United Nations World Tourism Office’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation, Dho Young-Shim; Founder and Executive Chairperson of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma; President of the Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique, Mrs. Graça Machel; UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Artist, Advocate and Founder of Pies Descalzos Foundation, Ms. Shakira Mebarak; Renowned football player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Leo Messi; Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar; Ms. Alaa Murabit of The Voice of Libyan Women; Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Mr. Paul Polman; Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Professor Jeffrey Sachs; Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Founder and CEO of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Mr. Forest Whitaker; and Founder of Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus.
Stay tuned to the SDG Advocates page for updates on their work to help implement the 2030 agenda.