SDG Global Festival of Action: #TurnItAround
This year’s SDG Global Festival of Action focuses on the theme #TurnItAround for people and the planet. IOM’s Director General, Mr. António Vitorino, has released a video marking the event and highlighting the central importance of migration for recovering better from COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing socioeconomic inequalities, with many migrants stranded in transit due to travel restrictions or disproportionately exposed to excessive health risks. But we have also seen migrants overrepresented in key sectors most crucial to sustaining our economies and societies during the pandemic, from health to agriculture.
The SDG Festival provides a creative space to inspire, mobilize and connect people and organizations to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Its four sub-themes are #TurnItAround for climate action, gender equality, poverty and inequality, and inclusive systems and sustainable finance.
Migrants and diaspora play crucial roles in achieving sustainable development across these four themes, from innovation and entrepreneurship to remittances and skills transfer. During the SDG Festival, IOM is sponsoring two film screenings. Offside tells the story of an Arabic-speaking migrant facing xenophobia in Switzerland, while El Dia de la Virgen (Virgin’s Day) explores the lives of a civilian family in an unnamed city under siege.
To celebrate the vital role of migrants in accelerating progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, the IOM has released a video by its Director General, Mr. António Vitorino. Watch the full video here and learn more about the SDG Festival here.