MASERU, 23 September—To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations in Lesotho partnered with the Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Mr. Mothetjoa Metsing, Acting Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation Hon. Mabataung Khalane and various youth organizations to hold the Social Good Summit 2015.
“The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UN,” said UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Dr. Tesfaye Shiferaw. “We plan to use the Social Good Summit’s platform and audience to help governments and partners launch the Sustainable Development Goals to help make the new Global Goals a household name everywhere.”
“The Post-2015 Agenda will have to build on strong multi-stakeholder partnerships – including between governments, civil society, the private sector and foundations – that leverage on stakeholders’ strengths and comparative advantages. We will need to look at opportunities of partnerships through a youth-lens and discuss how partnerships can strengthen youth development, be instrumental to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda and contribute to innovative solutions to problems faced by young people”, said the Acting Principal Secretary.
With the theme, “New Goals. New power. New technology,” the Social Good Summit in Lesotho is built around the theme of youth engagement and volunteerism. In the context of the preparation for the National Youth Conference, youth discusses the sustainable development agenda and will carry it out to all the districts of Lesotho.
The Social Good Summit in Lesotho is part of more than 100 Social Good Summits organized around the world to raise awareness on Sustainable Development Goals in September.
Adopted by all 193 UN Member States, the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. The UN Lesotho stands as a ready partner to support Lesotho and others to carry forward achieving the Goals at the national level by 2030. All UN agencies will continue their support to the country in many different sectors, such as health, infrastructure, jobs and other priorities, Basotho have identified in the process up to the Sustainable Development Summit.
UN Lesotho’s aim for the Social Good Summit was to help make the new Goals famous at the national level. Making the Goals famous will be the first important step in achieving this new and ambitious development agenda.
In New York, coinciding with the Sustainable Development Summit where the Goals were adopted, the Social Good Summit takes place from 27-28 September, and considers how people and communities are using digital tools to plan for a brighter future by the year 2030.
About Social Good Summit
Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, United Nations has been partnering in 2009 to host the Social Good Summit in New York to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world. Now in its sixth year, the Social Good Summit continues to grow in impact and reach to unite global citizens to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.
UN partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.