Social Good Summit 2015 in Barbados focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

Oct 1, 2015

To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS hosted the Social Good Summit 2015 featuring addresses from the UNDP Resident Representative - Stephen O'Malley; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Ms. Ernesta Drakes; Mr. Rodney Grant of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) and Dr. Don Marshall of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES).

“The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “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.”

With the theme, “New Goals. New power. New technology,” the Social Good Summit in Barbados saw key media and technology personnel gathering at UN House to discuss innovative means of advancing the global goals, in light of progress made with the Millennium Development Goals.

The Social Good Summit in Barbados is part of more than 100 Social Good Summits organised around the world to raise awareness of the 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 UNDP Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS stands as a ready partner to support the region to carry forward achieving the Goals at the national level by 2030.

UNDP'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 took place from 27-28 September, and considered how people and communities are using digital tools to plan for a brighter future by the year 2030. A wide range of speakers from across different sectors and backgrounds included: Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;  Richard Curtis, Director, Writer, Producer, Founder Project Everyone; Graça Machel; Patti Smith, Musician and Activist; Charlize Theron, UN Messenger of Peace; and Jimmy Wales, Founder & Chairman Wikipedia & Wikimedia Foundation and many more.  

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. Recognising that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, UNDP Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation first partnered 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.

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UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Stephen O'Malley
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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Ms. Ernesta Drakes
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Mr. Rodney Grant, Board Member, Caribbean Policy Development Centre
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Dr. Don Marshall of the SALISES, UWI
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The newly launched Sustainable Development Goals
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Ms. Cherise Adjodha faciliates a discussion focused on promoting the SDGs using media and technology
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Social Good Summit attendees
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UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Chisa Mikami joins the discussion
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Social Good Summit participants
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Session two Moderator, Ms. Cherise Adjodha
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Social Good Summit attendees
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Ms. Antoinette Connell of Nation Publishing makes a point
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