UN SDG of the month: partnerships

Together in solidarity. The UN's sustainable goal for the month in June 2020 is partnerships.

At the moment, with the world turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus, we need to work together in order to become stronger. So partnerships are particularly important. This includes partnerships between people in local communities abut also partnerships between commercial and other organisations designed to drive sustainable development forward.

Partnerships are the engine of interconnection, possibilities and promise for our collective future. COVID-19 knows no boundaries, and neither should our efforts to respond to the emergency and build back better.

Diversity is a strength

It is increasingly recognized that human rights are essential to achieve sustainable development, Sadly, the continued threat to human rights, peace and security exacerbates and exposes entrenched inequalities, robbing people of their freedom to live, learn and thrive.

To combat this we need to understand that we are all in this together, no matter how we look, where we live or what we do. “In every society, diversity is a richness – never a threat,” says UN Secretary-General Antonio António Guterres. “Racism is an abhorrence that we must all reject.” And solidarity matters for a better world.

In a world torn by hate and racism, and isolated by an unprecedented pandemic, the importance of humanity, compassion, empathy and cooperation, qualities that make partnerships stronger, are ever more important

The power of partnerships

The United Nations has called for partnership to develop and produce a safe and effective programme to defeat the pandemic. Governments, the private sector, international organizations and civil society all need to to unite with the aim of creating a people’s vaccine”.

New diseases have been emerging at the unprecedented rate of one a year for the last two decades, and this trend is certain to continue. Partnerships have helped to prevent pandemics and promote health for many years. As part of this vaccines remain of critical importance. More than ever we need to use the power of partnerships to promote immunization and a culture of working together to beat disease.

Fighting misinformation together

There has never been a greater need for accurate, timely and verified information. As a small media owner we are very aware of this. It is therefore excellent news that the United Nations’ has launched a new public drive to address the growing blackhole of misinformation.

Called Verified, the movement to set the record straight relies on two important collaborative factors – a range of accurate, trusted and latest fact-based information, advice and stories; and the power and responsibility of people to share this reliable information with their networks.

The initiative provides information around three vital themes:

  • the science needed to protect people and save lives
  • solidarity to promote local and global cooperation;
  • solutions to advocate for support to impacted communities.

You can sign up up to receive verified information and share it on the different channels that you use – to reach your clients, communities, families and friends.