What is Twenty Thirty?
Twenty Thirty is a flagship initiative of SDSN Youth that brings together artists and performers from around the world, with a common goal to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the use of music, literature, visual arts, theater, and dance, Twenty Thirty artists join together to raise awareness about the existing challenges and opportunities of sustainable development, to propose unique perspectives, and solutions for today’s most pressing global challenges of poverty and environmental degradation. Their work is a grassroots effort to educate and inspire members of our communities who may not understand or know about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
How does Twenty Thirty work?
Through our online network, Twenty Thirty artists can exchange ideas, share lessons learned, and offer opportunities to collaborate, using art to work express the innumerable aspects of sustainable development. The result of such efforts are then showcased online, and at international events, as selected pieces are used to promote local discussion, learning, and action on the SDGs.
Why the arts?
From Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to Picasso's Guernica, the arts have been used to impart mankind's morals, values and condemned injustices, and expressed new perspectives on society's well being. The UN SDGs are the world’s most comprehensive way to achieve economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Their implementation will leave no one behind. For this reason, the arts serve as the ideal medium, combining rational and emotional expression, to convey the SDGs and inspire audiences to take action. Through this initiative we will attract both sustainable development neophytes and experts. The former, will discover new purpose and meaning in their daily lives and consumer choices; the latter, will find innovative approaches and solutions for SDG implementation.
Twenty Thirty was launched at Columbia University during the International Conference for Sustainable Development (ICSD), at a student lead event Reimagining 2030.
Since then, Twenty Thirty artists have performed at the Casina Pio IV during the Vatican Youth Symposium, and at the International Institute in Madrid, as part of the VII Congreso Universidad y Cooperación al Desarrollo. Upcoming 2017 Twenty Thirty event venues include the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, New York University, and a concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in New York City.
How can you support the Twenty Thirty Initiative?
Twenty Thirty recognizes the power of the private sector and individuals in actualizing its overarching vision to use art to communicate the SDGs, and inspire global audiences to take action towards a more sustainable future. As the initiative grows, Twenty Thirty will engage people from different walks of life with passion and zeal to make a change, linking inspired audiences with the practical efforts behind the 17 SDGs, to turn emotion into impact. You or your organization can support Twenty Thirty in any of the following ways: join the Network, host an event, submit a piece of art, corporate sponsorship, media patron, or as individual patron (see; patron levels and benefits attached).