SDG Media Zones host ground breaking live link between United Nations Ocean Conference in New York and G7 Environment Week in Bologna

June 9, 2017 –

This week saw a first with two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Media Zones simultaneously being hosted during high level events in New York and Bologna, Italy. The partner hubs connected the Ocean Conference at the United Nations headquarters and the All4TheGreen week, in the lead up to the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting in the northern Italian city.

The SDG Media Zones welcomed editors, bloggers, delegates and influencers to communicate innovations, partnerships and discussions as a call to action for humanity.

The Ocean Conference focused on how to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which called for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The G7 Environment Ministers, in Bologna, discussed the importance of continued support for the Paris Agreement. The All4TheGreen week hosts a range of side events raising awareness about the importance to protect our environment.

Starting the partner programme with a live link for the official opening of both events, on 5 June, the SDG Media Zones continued their collaboration the following day with a conversation led by the Italian Minister of Environment Gian Luca Galetti.

June 7th welcomed a live conversation between the two SDG Media Zones highlighting the work of Louie Psihoyos, Film/Director and Photographer and Andrea Braccialarghe, Managing Director USA of Building Energy hosted by Dan Thomas, Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly and Lucia Grenna, Programme Manager, Connect4Climate.

World Oceans Day opened with a live link announcement of the Blue Prize Award led by Dan Thomas, Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly and Max Edkins, Climate Change Expert & Communications at The World Bank, with words by Charlotte de Fontaubert, World Bank and Juwang Zhu, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development.

The winner Probal Rashid, a documentary photographer from Bangladesh, has been awarded with a trip to New York City to participate on the High-Level Panel on Water at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this year. The #All4TheGreen Photo4Climate Contest Special Blue Prize aimed to award the best photo of anything related to water in the participant’s life; Rashid photo taken in his country portrayed how water stress is affecting individuals in his community.

“Rani, 9, collects rainwater for drinking. Rainwater is the main source of drinking water in the village of Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh. Due to sea-level rising resulting from climate change, limited sweet water sources of the coastal area have widely been contaminated with saline water. #climatechange #climateaction #watercrisis #salinewater #documentaryphotography #all4thegreen #connect4climate #water #instagood #reportagespotlight #probalrashid #bangladesh”

Following the Blue Prize Award Dan Thomas, Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly and Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, in New York City connected to Bologna panelists Max Edkins, Climate Change Expert & Communications at The World Bank, Mariasole Bianco, Environmental Scientist and Simona Masina, Director of the Department of Ocean Modelling and Data Simulation of the Euro Mediterranean Centre discussing causes and impact of rising sea levels and the way forward.

The SDG Media Zone: Ocean Conference, ending on 9 June, has mobilized action from government leaders, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and the scientific community. Live broadcast conversations with the SDG Media Zone: All4TheGreen, have amplified global discussions to engage people all around the world.

The All4TheGreen week continues until 12 June, covering a broad range of climate and environmental topics that make up the SDGs. It will also focus on city-level solutions, mitigation actions, adaptation efforts, private sector participation, global engagement and interfaith dialogues.

#SDGLive invites the online global community to join the conversation of cross-sector, solutions-oriented engagement in Bologna (#All4TheGreen) and in New York (#SaveOurOcean)