Belize’s First Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Knowledge Fair

knowledge fairMrs. Janelle Chanona, Vice Chairman Belize Network of NGO’s delivering speech at 2017 SDG Knowledge Fair. Credit: United Nations Belize

On 23rd November 2017, the United Nations system in Belize organized its first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Knowledge Fair at the Civic Center, in the capital city of Belmopan. This first of its kind event was an opportunity for government ministries, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society to showcase their work towards achieving the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have been recognized as an important component of strategies that seek to mobilize all stakeholders around the 2030 Agenda.

To highlight these links, Mrs. Janelle Chanona, Vice Chairman Belize Network of NGO’s, shared remarks noting the invaluable opportunities for Belize’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to share information on ongoing efforts on the ground and in the water, to create opportunities to collaborate and network with other organizations towards achieving similar goals, and the many possibilities to raise awareness among Belizean's about our individual responsibility and collective role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

In addition, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Christian Salazar Volkmann reminded participants of the slogan of the SDGs, which is “Leave No One Behind”, and challenged everyone that “in all actions and all thinking about sustainable development, never forget those who are left behind.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a shared agenda for everyone. Practically, this means that there are numerous entry points in which to engage. These include consultations, defining new policies and programs, implementing specific goals, changing cultures, behaviors and practices - all of which are key ingredients to realizing the transformative potential of the SDGs. This effort is an all hands-on deck moment - the single biggest mistake would be to think someone else will do it.

 

It is estimated that over 200 persons visited the SDG Knowledge Fair.