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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 released 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. 

Download the individual pages or the full pack below. Follow us on Twitter for more updates.

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

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Healthy populations are critical to sustainable development, but progress remains uneven and inequitable.

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22 April Earth Day
SDG15: Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Compassion provides the motivation and understanding to end land exploitation so that we may promote human health and ensure human flourishing.

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2-3 May World Economic Forum Global Summit
SDG8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Healthy and sustainable economic growth is only possible if workers are valued as contributing to a united humanity and paid a living wage.

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8 June World Oceans Day
SDG14: Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The ocean is the planet's largest ecosystem—and it's endangered.

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19 Sept International Day of Awareness of Food Loss & Waste
SDG12: Responsible consumption & production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Unsustainable consumption and production are driving the "big three" planetary crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

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21 Sept International Day of Peace
SDG16: Peace, justice & strong intuitions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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25 Sept Global Day of Climate Action
SDG13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change is the single biggest threat facing humanity.

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16 Oct World Hunger Day
SDG2: Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

There is enough food produced globally to feed everyone. But if current patterns persist, we will not achieve zero hunger by 2030.

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17 Oct International Day of Eradication of Poverty
SDG1: No poverty


End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

COVID-19, climate change, and conflict have led to the first rise in extreme poverty in a generation.

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31 Oct World Cities Day
SDG11: Sustainable cities & communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

By 2030, 60% of the world's population is projected to reside in cities, making them a critical focus of compassionate design.

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

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

Successful partnerships rooted in strong human relationships are the engine to achieve all other SDGs.

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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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