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We The People #ACT4SDGS

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On the occasion of the second anniversary of the SDGs on 25th September 2017, we are calling for actions across the world to tell people about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The launch of the SDGs on 25th September 2015 was a ground-breaking plan signed by 193 world leaders at the United Nations. Seventeen Goals to build a better world for everyone by 2030. Two years the people raise their voices and tell the world how we are doing.
“We The People Taking Action for the SDGs – #Act4SDGs” is a joint campaign convened by The UN SDG Action Campaign, the World We Want 2030, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) and Action for Sustainable Development. It calls for organizations and citizens to act on the SDGs on 25th September – a Global Day of Action.
Events in marginalised communities and with politicians in capitals are combined with photo stunts, making their demands and voices heard regarding inequality, poverty and other concerns of the people.
#Act4SDGs Voices is a video series of youth, women, older people, indigenous people, people with disabilities, Dalits and others. It aims to provide an insight into different perspectives and a window into the situation of communities.
As part of the Global Day of Action, the #Act4SDGs social media campaign amplified through Thunderclapencourages citizens to take action for the SDGs, and to tell leaders how we are doing through the global MY World 2030 survey.

The MY World 2030 survey answers will help feed into the UN’s and governments’ monitoring of progress on these Goals, raising awareness of important issues and giving a ‘people’s perspective’ from the ground, in real-time.More information about MY World 2030 is available here: about.myworld2030.org
We believe every action counts to turn promises into reality and to advance the Sustainable Development Agenda, for the benefit of all.
Find out below how you can take action for Sustainable Development and make a difference.

23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey

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This national day, 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, made a present of April 23 to all the world’s children to emphasize that they are successor of the future.

Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this “Sovereignty and Children’s Day” as a national holiday. Schools participate in week-long ceremonies marked by performances in all fields in large stadiums watched by the entire nation. Among the activities on this day, the children send their representatives to replace state officials and high ranking civil servants in their offices. The President, the Prime Minister, the cabinet ministers, provincial governors all turn over their positions to children’s representatives. These children, in turn, sign executive orders relating to educational and environmental policies. On this day, the children also replace the parliamentarians in the Grand National Assembly and hold a special session to discuss matters concerning children’s issues

Over the last two decades, the Turkish officials have been working hard to internationalize this important day. Their efforts resulted in large number of world states’ sending groups of children to Turkey to participate in the above stated festivities. During their stay in Turkey, the foreign children are housed in Turkish homes and find an important opportunity to interact with the Turkish children and learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The foreign children groups also participate in the special session of the Grand National Assembly.

This results in a truly international Assembly, where children pledge their commitment to international peace and brotherhood.

The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children’s Day.