2016 will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared global agenda created at the United Nations to reach a world where people and the environment thrive, where no one lives in poverty, and where everyone lives with opportunity.
The first step to reach these global goals is to ensure that the world knows about them. Through Instagram, many people and organizations are telling the story of the global goals, sustainable development issues, and the important work of the global citizens who work tirelessly to build a better world.
While there are too many handles to list, here are 16 great handles to follow on Instagram in 2016 to showcase how the world is coming together to support the global goals.
1. United Nations
Year in review: A student in Ashgabat, #Turkmenistan during a visit by #UnitedNations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June. During his trip, the Secretary-General received an honorary degree from the International University for Humanities and Development in the Turkmen capital. He also presented the University with a certificate for joining the UN Academic Impact — a global initiative to align institutions of higher learning across the world with the goals and principles of the UN. Photo: #UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
2. Helen Clark
Loved my visit to the Raja Musa Forest Reserve last week. It lies in the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest of Malaysia. The partnership there between local communities, an NGO, the state government, UNDP, and the Global Environment Facility is a model of how to restore degraded peatland and work to prevent and fight fires on that land. These solutions, together with appropriate agricultural techniques, applied many tens of thousands of times over would help stop the fires which are causing the bad haze problem affecting Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore currently, with some effects further afield too. In the photo, I am speaking at a meeting in a village involved in the project @undpmalaysia supports. @undp @globaltransformationforum A photo posted by Helen Clark (@helenclarkundp) on
3. United Nations Development Program
4. Global Citizen
Children are our future. #GlobalCitizen ⭕️ A photo posted by Global Citizen (@glblctzn) on
5. The Global Goals
6. United Nations Foundation
Kathy Calvin, President & CEO of the UN Foundation documents the #EarthToParis community in Paris holding up the world’s biggest “Love Letter From Earth To Paris” outside of the Petit Palais during #COP21. Add YOUR voice www.earthtoparis.org Photo by @asherinian #climate #climatechange #climateaction A photo posted by United Nations Foundation (@unfoundation) on
7. ONE Campaign
Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm. He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible. He started selling books on the streets in order to get off them – but only after he had read them and could offer passers by a detailed review…to find out more about Philani, check out our top 10 blogs of 2015 on one.org!
8. World Bank
A young girl pauses to fix her shoes while walking home from #school on a hot day in Dhading, #Nepal. #Girls and #women without access to #education are less able to make their own decisions about family planning, more likely to have #health problems and psychological disorders, and their #children are more prone to #malnutrition and #illiteracy. When countries value girls and women as much as boys and men; when they invest in their health, education, and #skills training; when they give women greater #opportunities to participate in the #economy, manage incomes, own and run businesses—the benefits extend far beyond individual girls and women to their children and families, to their communities, to societies and economies at large. Learn more about the World Bank’s new strategy to address #gender #inequality at www.worldbank.org/gender. Photo: Aisha Faquir/World Bank #genderequality #get2equal A photo posted by WorldBank (@worldbank) on
9. Gates Foundation
A small girl pictured beside #antiretroviral (ARV) drugs as a pharmacist prepares to dispense tablets to her mother in the clinic at Mother Of Mercy Hospice at Chilanga near #Lusaka, #Zambia. The hospice was opened in 1997 by the Sisters of St Charles Borromeo and operates as a safe place for those affected and infected by #HIV/#AIDS to receive both medical and spiritual help. In 2008 the hospice opened a specialist clinic which treats over 1,500 people per month and distributes free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to those in need from the surrounding communities. The hospice also provides voluntary counseling, testing and support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS. #worldaidsday #worldaidsday2015 #pepfar #WAD2015 #gettingtozero #rethinkhiv Photo by Tom Stoddart
10. Girl Up
Before we can transform an industry for the better, we must learn how to do so. Today in New York City, Travel+SocialGood is facilitating a full day of classes on the nexus of #travel, #innovation and impact. Follow on Twitter: @TravelPlusGood and @plus_socialgood. Learn more: http://goo.gl/iWtg2l #travelplussocialgood #socialgood #NYC A photo posted by Plus_SocialGood (@plus_socialgood) on
13. UN Youth Envoy
14. World Wildlife Fund
We’re here on the National Mall coming together to join Pope Francis in a unified call for climate action. #FollowFrancis #PopeInDC. It’s time to #ActOnClimate! A photo posted by World Wildlife Fund (@world_wildlife) on
In 2015, hundreds of sea lion pups became stranded on California beaches from not having enough forage fish to eat. These emaciated, dehydrated pups had to be rescued because they could not survive in our oceans, making it the third consecutive year of unusually high numbers of starving sea lions. Click the link in our bio and donate today to help protect our oceans in 2016, and restore the world’s oceans before it’s too late for these animals. : George Lamson/Shutterstock #sealions #California #fish #oceans #marinelife
16. Kofi Annan
Are elections giving #democracy a bad name? http://bit.ly/1YmiKKJ A photo posted by Kofi Annan (@kofiannan) on
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