On 20 April, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will open the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum - 2021’s Major Australian SDGs event.

Ms Mohammed led the process that resulted in global agreement around the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is now Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which is overseeing the implementation.

The Forum will also include:

  • Plenary Partnering Sessions: Advice and information will be provided about partnering at the international, national and city level and with young people. Partnership Broker, Victoria Thom, will run a workshop to help participants determine if they are fit for partnering.
  • Interactive Thematic Discussions: UN and Australian leaders will welcome questions and input during three breakout sessions under four key UN themes:
  • Gender Equality: Economic empowerment of women and girls, Women in Leadership and Wiyi Yani U Thangani – (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future
  • Climate and Planet: Circular Economy and Climate, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Human solutions for tackling biodiversity loss
  • Justice and Human Rights: Modern Slavery, Driving sustainable reconciliation efforts through an Indigenous rights lens and Global Health
  • Poverty and Inequality: Sustainable Finance, Financing the SDGs and Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Digital SDGs Showcase: Businesses, schools, government agencies, start-ups and community groups will showcase what they are doing to progress the SDGs.
  • Networking: Delegates can connect with each other and arrange individual and group meetings. On Day 1, there will be informal networking rooms dedicated to the four Forum themes and the SDGs. On Day 2, Delegates will have a final opportunity to create partnerships and pledge future actions.

Learn more about the Forum here.

About Earth Day 2021 Celebrations

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans (10% of the total population of the United States) took to their streets, parks and auditoriums to call for a healthier, more sustainable treatment of the environment. Individual groups fighting against air and water pollution, fossil fuels, land clearing, soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of wildlife; all united on Earth Day around their shared common values. On this day in 1970, Earth Day achieved a rare political alignment with grassroots values which spear-headed policy change throughout the United States.

Learn more about the history of Earth Day here

'Restore Our Earth' 2021 Theme

Since 1990, Earth Day has since been celebrated across the globe, with 2021 marking the 51st anniversary of its mission to drive ‘transformative change for people and the planet’. This year's theme, Restore Our Earth, reminds us that as we return to normal, we can't go back to business-as-usual.