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World days 2023

Our #Compassion4theSDGs project is running throughout 2023. Through a series of resources, social media activity and events we highlight how compassion is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Repositioning compassion to achieve system change

#Compassion4theSDGs Resources

On relevant ‘world days’ during 2023, we are releasing one-page resources on each Sustainable Development Goal –  highlighting how a compassion-in-action perspective is the foundation for achieving the ambition underpinning the goals. 

As the resources become available, relevant PDFs will be added to the listing below. We are also hosting a series of events. Follow us on twitter for updates and further information

World Days 2023


SDG RESOURCE (PDFs published on the relevant World Days)

16-20 Jan World Built Environment Forum Week
SDG9: Industry, innovation & infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive & sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.

A compassionate approach to infrastructure, industry, and innovation starts with communities instead of commodities.

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24 Jan International Day of Education
SDG4: Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Education is not just about knowledge acquisition — it changes attitudes and social norms, which accelerates progress toward many sustainable development goals.

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28 Feb- 3 March World Sustainable Energy Days
SDG7: Affordable & clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Repositioning access to clean and affordable energy as a human right may counter the governing global economic system that profits from fossil fuel consumption.

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8 March International Women’s Day
SDG5: Gender equality

Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls

Achieving gender equality requires attention and action on eliminating the root causes of discrimination against women.

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21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
SDG10: Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Compassion implores us to see inequality as intersectional.

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22 March World Water Day
SDG6: Clean water & sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene is foundational to human and planetary health and well-being. But meeting targets requires a four-fold increase in the pace of progress.

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7 April World Health Day SDG3: Good health & wellbeing  
22 April Earth Day SDG15: Life on land  
2-3 May World Economic Forum Global Summit SDG8: Decent work and economic growth  
8 June World Oceans Day

SDG14: Life below water

19 Sept International Day of Awareness of Food Loss & Waste

SDG12: Responsible consumption & production

21 Sept International Day of Peace

SDG16: Peace, justice & strong intuitions

25 Sept Global Day of Climate Action SDG13: Climate action  
16 Oct World Hunger Day

SDG2: Zero hunger

17 Oct International Day of Eradication of Poverty SDG1: No poverty  
31 Oct World Cities Day

SDG11: Sustainable cities & communities

20 Dec International Day of Human Solidarity SDG17: Partnerships for the goals  

During 2023,  a number of case studies will also be released and available to download via this page. Follow us on Twitter or join our mailing list to get notifications and updates.


Our humanness and deep emotional connection to the suffering of others defines why and how we should act – collectively and synergistically across the 17 interconnected goals.

From ‘Compassion and the SDGs:  a Framework  for Repositioning Compassion to Achieve System Change’


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