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Spotlighting sustainable development Global Goals campaign launched at UN

‹ ›Mr. Curtis, the filmmaker behind major international hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill,, and Mr. Bean, presented “Project Everyone,” the mission of which is to get a “short, dynamic and snappy” explanation of the Global Goals to all of the planet’s citizens.“I was looking forward to 2015 and thought I should do something in order to try and make these new goals much more famous and much more well-known than the Millennium Development Goals were,” Mr. Curtis explained. “And it came as no surprise to me that as I started to say these things, I found out that so many people that I’d worked with before, so many of the NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and campaigners also felt the same thing.”The British scriptwriter began working with the United Nations on a campaign that would be “fun, bright, entertaining, and interesting,” to attract attention, especially of young people. One outcome is the first ever global cinema ad, an animation produced by Aardman featuring world leaders depicted as animals. It is expected to appear in movie theatres in over 30 countries.Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina Mohammed, noted that she has just returned from her home country Nigeria, where she travelled by road through Boko Haram-controlled territory.“It’s important that this set of Goals is known by everyone, in the hamlets and the villages of Nigeria,” Ms. Mohammed said. “This is coming to make a difference in their lives.”She also stopped in Austria where she spoke with young people faced by the challenge of migration. “This agenda […] is not about just stemming the tide of what is happening with forced migration,” she explained. “But it is about dealing with root causes so that people don’t have to flee their own countries, their own villages, their own homes because they can’t have a life of dignity there.”Finally, 22 year-old Shaila Huq, spokesperson for the action/2015 campaign, said the Global Goals campaign speaks to her entire generation, which could be the first one to live in a world without extreme poverty. Richard Curtis briefs journalists on the campaign. UN Photo/Mark Garten Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone, which aims to share the Sustainable Development Goals with 7 billion people within 7 days of their adoption by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September, briefs journalists on the campaign. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, is also pictured. UN Photo/Mark Garten A journalist takes notes during the press briefing on “The Global Goals Campaign” which aims to publicize the Sustainable Development Goals after their adoption by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September. UN Photo/Mark Garten Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (centre right) meets with Richard Curtis (centre left). Also pictured are Cristina Gallach (left), Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas During a press conference at UN Headquarters today, the Global Goals campaign, founded by filmmaker Richard Curtis, was announced as aiming to make the 17 UN Goals famous and to push for their full implementation worldwide.Described as an “unprecedented effort,” the campaign is supported by a variety of other social movements including action/2015 – a coalition of over 2000 organizations – and Global Citizen, a community of ordinary people that help fight extreme poverty.The campaign has been launched in the wake of a momentous event earlier this week: the UN General Assembly approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption at a Summit in New York later this month. The Agenda, its 17 proposed Goals and 169 targets aim to be a charter for people and the planet in the twenty-first century. They will stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable and sustainable world for all.Speaking to journalists with only 22 days to go before the UN Sustainable Development Summit, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, said 2015 is a “unique year.” “Being famous is absolutely necessary to ensure that [the goals] are implemented,” Ms. Gallach said. “We couldn’t have a better partner for this process than Richard Curtis’s team. Everybody will be able to resort to his creative products that are going to serve as a major asset to ensure that the Goals are known.” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson meets with Richard Curtis (left). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Head of the UN Department of Public Information, Cristina Gallach, briefs journalists on “The Global Goals Campaign”. UN Photo/Mark Garten read more

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Youth apprentices possess the drive to succeed – ExxonMobils Country Manager

ExxonMobil and the Centre for Local Business Development teamed up on Tuesday August 15, to host twelve of the sixteen students currently participating in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme.Business officials and youths involved in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme attending the Business Centre for development’s open house, yesterday.The students were given a tour   to ExxonMobil’s office, the offshore rig and the Centre for Local Business which held its first open house for local manufacturers.“These folks seem to have the drive to succeed in the future” remarked Rod Henson, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager. According to Henson the students showed great interest. “They were not afraid to get out there and touch the equipment, try to understand a bit of what’s going on, they talked about how a lot of the mechanical part of it.”He explained that “it has been said that our industry is nothing more that glorified plumbing, there is a little technology involved but essentially that is kind of it. Many of the students are interested in plumbing, and petroleum engineering.“We are really happy to do this because these young people are the future for Guyana”, the Country Manager added.Saskia Daniels, one of the student participants said prior to the visit she did not have much information about the offshore rig, or even the Business Centre. However, despite having a preference for forestry, she felt it was an honour be part of such a programme, and appreciated all that she has learnt regarding the emerging oil and gas sector.“I have never been so excited; I have been to places that I would have never thought I would have gone,” enthused Zion McPherson.  For her, the most exciting part of the programme has been the trip to Iwokrama, Region Eight.Fatima Karen only began the Apprenticeship programme yesterday because she was out of the country, participating in an innovation in science and engineering project. She hopes to someday be a petroleum engineer and looks forward to the rest of the programme.Essequibo resident, 15-year-old Noel Sukhai, said after hearing of the programme, he was overwhelmed mainly because “Guyana is such a beautiful country and there are not many opportunities for youths to explore and see the real Guyana not only the city”.He said that although he is from Region Two, it was quite a “breathtaking” experience travelling to Iwokrama, and exploring the oil and gas industry.Most of his life he wanted to become a doctor, however after learning about the oil and gas industry, he plans to pursue a career in petroleum engineering.An additional part of the students’ package was a tour of the Centre for Local Business Development which afforded them the opportunity to interact with manufacturers, and members of the Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association (GMSA), who were themselves benefitting from an open house held by the Centre.Members were educated on the functions of the Centre which included registering businesses in the supplier registration portal, informing members of upcoming Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy training sessions, and registering members for courses.The Centre which opened last July, is funded by Exxon Mobil and managed by DAI Global. It provides a space for local firms to learn about opportunities in the oil and gas industry, strengthen their competitiveness and prepare them to supply the oil and gas industry with various services.Project Director of the Centre and DAI Representative Patrick Henry explained the Centre’s Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy courses, which are made up of four sessions: Introduction to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry; the Local Content in Guyana’s Emerging Offshore Petroleum Sector; Basics of Health Safety and the Environment and Introduction to the Procurement for local suppliers.The centre will offer basic training through its partners the Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED), EMPRETEC, BrainStreet and Food Management Services.ExxonMobil country manager pointed out that “Engaging the business associations is a critical step to ensure Guyanese businesses are included in the opportunities that the oil and gas sector brings to Guyana both directly and indirectly”.Through the Centre Exxon Mobil will work with existing suppliers, potential new suppliers and other stakeholders to develop local companies and encourage an increasingly competitive industrial base.GMSA Shyam Nokta said that they were extremely pleased to be part of the Centre, while noting that members from across seven sub sectors will benefit from the open house.  The seven sub sectors include Agro processing, services, forestry, wood products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and fast food.Nokta explained that the members will not only benefit from training for the oil and gas sector, but in building medium and small-scale businesses. 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