Upon reflection of the United Nations Day 2018, I wanted to share with you some of the great United Nations organisations I’ve been fortunate to work with so far and a little more about the sustainable development goals – that every individual or organisation can and should get involved in now!
Wouldn’t you or your organisation want to help transform the world?
You may think one individual or organisation action won’t make a difference, but through my own personal volunteering and involvement with charities, as well as assisting two United Nations agencies with their own transformations, I know one individual action makes and contributes, to many others, making a whole LOT of action.
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UN Volunteers are an international not-for-profit organisation who deploy almost 7,000 volunteers across the globe, to advance peace and development in developing, war torn and disaster struck regions.
In 2015, we began working with UN Volunteers, undertaking a complete brand review before clarifying and refining their branding which had become diluted, under-utilised and contained mixed messages.
Since the completion of the work, the new brand and messaging has been launched globally and toolkits deployed, in line with the United Nations’ Strategic Goals. The organisation has also secured several new corporate partners and sponsors.
My role in the process was pulling together the proposal and submitting our tendor to the UN Volunteers to demonstrate why working with us would assist their transformation. I then continued to be involved by overseeing the project health during the contract.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development. There are 168 global member states all working towards promoting and accelerating this.
In 2017 we consulted and led an accelerated digital transformation project for this United Nations agency UNIDO. Worked with their chief of Communications and wider team, to identify and transform their digital skills and processes.
My role in this project was Digital Transformation Project Lead. Working remotely with the team from UNIDO’s HQ in Austria, we conducted interviews by videoconferencing, sharing documentation virtually.
A key part of how UNIDO operate is forming and fostering partnerships, your business may have a sustainable commitment to make and this is how you can get involved.
Partner: Leaps Innovation
UN goes digital
A digital tool for your pocket, is the Sustainable Development Goals in Action App, get it here. It has detailed information about each of the 17 goals, including targets, explanatory videos, key facts and figures, and suggestions on how you can help achieve them take action. What action will you take?
Form a partnership with the UN
Another way to take action is to partner with the many United Nations agencies and help them work towards 2030 and the sustainable development goals. There’s lots of examples already and your idea or action through a partnership could make a difference, just like our examples above did! The United Nations collaborate with creative agencies, the entertainment industry, media organizations and businesses who are committed to achieving the sustainable development goals. Here are few of their successful partnerships.