The President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, joined for a tour of the United Nations Food Gardens to learn more about urban agriculture and locally-sourced food. The event, organized as part of the “Be the Change for SDGs Week”, showcased the composting efforts and healthy food growing taking place on the grounds of the Secretariat Building. It also touched on the need to raise awareness about food security.
“The ‘Be the Change for SDGs Week’ is another important initiative in our efforts to lead by example at the United Nations on embracing a sustainable lifestyle,” said Mr. Thomson. “Personal choices matter, whether it comes to avoiding any type of plastics, reducing meat in your diet or exercising more.”
The seven-day sustainability challenge was an initiative of the Department of Public Information to encourage New York-based staff to “walk the talk” on sustainable living, and encourage individual action and more staff ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals. Each day, staff members were encouraged to take individual action, change consumption patterns, use active transport, and buy local foods.
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