Plenary Session | Stage 1

On 25 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to end extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, by 2030.

To mark the United Nations’ 75th anniversary and the 5th anniversary of these Sustainable Development Goals, in the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our world, we look forward to opening the SDG Action Zone with a plenary to discuss the facts and solutions behind each Goal, and what it will take to make the solutions a reality. What cross-sector efforts need to be made in order to deliver the decade of action and make the Global Goals achieved by 2030?



Richard Curtis
Writer & Director

Richard Curtis is a Writer and Director. He wrote the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay. Other film work includes Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked and About Time.
In the other half of Richard's life, he is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the UK charity Comic Relief. In 1988, Comic Relief launched its Red Nose Day fundraising initiative, including a live TV broadcast for the BBC, which brought together some of the biggest celebrities of the day. Since then, Richard has produced more than 16 live nights of television and Red Nose Day has raised more than £1 billion for projects in the UK and around the world.
Richard was a founding member of Make Poverty History and worked both on that campaign and on Live 8 in 2005. In 2014 he founded Project Everyone to help to launch and promote the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change by 2030.

Edward Ndopu
Activits, Humanitarian, SDG Advocate

Mr. Ndopu is an award winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, he has gone on to become a beacon of hope and possibility for people with disabilities around the world. He has also advised organizations such as the World Economic Forum, UN Women and Amnesty International. Mr. Ndopu holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Oxford University and is currently setting in motion plans to deliver a televised address to the UN from Space, in an effort to inspire greater ambition around the SDGs. This will make him the first physically disabled person to travel into space.

Jacquelline Fuller
VP, Google and President of

Jacquelline Fuller leads, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Jacquelline joined Google in 2007 and manages a global team overseeing Google’s philanthropic work, product donations and employee giving and volunteering. Her team invests over $200 million a year to support innovative nonprofits using technology to tackle complex global challenges and create more opportunities for everyone. Prior to Google, Jacquelline served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While at the Gates Foundation, Jacquelline and her family moved to Delhi, India where she launched a $300 million health initiative. Jacquelline also served as a speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan. She received her BA in political science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. She serves on the board of GiveDirectly.

Dia Mirza
Actor, Producer, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador

Dia Mirza is an award-winning Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals. As a champion of nature, Dia Mirza dons many a hat with élan and ease. Today, Dia Mirza has become the voice of environmental and wildlife conservation in the country and a torchbearer for causes related to nature.

September 22, 08:00
08:00 — 08:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)