“Annie Sunbeam and Friends” comic by UNICEF’s Comics Uniting Nations partner
On the eve of World Oceans Day, UNICEF invite the young public of New York City to discuss why preserving life below water is important to all our lives and one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders pledged to achieve by the year 2030. The SDG Activate Talk on Oceans: Young Change Makers go Under the Sea, is taking place on 7 June, during the UN Oceans Conference, to highlight initiatives and young individuals who are taking action, raising awareness and empowering their peers to join forces for the cause of clean seas.
Following an opening from UNICEF, an interactive dialogue between young people will take place to share why they were compelled to take action in their own lives (moderated by Sean Russell, Founder of the Stow it-Don't Throw It Project and Director of theYouth Ocean Conservation Summit). Panelists range from students to inventors and campaigners, including:
Karan Jerath, Young Leader for the SDGs, who will discuss his motivation behind his recent invention to clean ocean oil spills;
Melati and Isabel Wijsen, Bali community organizers and campaigners who founded ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags';
Ben May, Director of Communications at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Emil Bilaver, a student who was activated by the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative that brings the SDGs to life in the classroom through creative and educational content.
Announcing the launch of the new “Annie Sunbeam and Friends” comic by UNICEF’s Comics Uniting Nations partner and previewing other existing educational and entertainment initiatives, participants was then be invited to a reception of snacks and a marketplace of inspiration to celebrate World Oceans Day and beyond.