SDG Advocates session | Stage 1

Host: SDG Action Zone

The COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic crisis, the global movement for racial justice, and the youth-led climate justice movement have shone harsh spotlights on longstanding inequalities in society. In crisis after crisis, the same groups of already marginalized people feel the strongest effects – people of color, disabled people, indigenous peoples – all are disproportionately affected by these compounding situations. SDG Advocates Hindou Ibrahim and Eddie Ndopu have been leading the response to these inequalities for years. In this session, they will discuss their experiences and offer practical solutions to bring the most marginalized to the table in a genuine way. 


Nadira Hira - Moderator
Master of Ceremony

Nadira Hira is a writer, host, and passionate progressive known for her distinctive voice and the compelling conversations she’s used it to create. Nadira’s spoken everywhere from Google and Disney to the United Nations; appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, and CNN; and explored the far reaches of modern culture for many print outlets, including Newsweek and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer chronicling the Millennial generation. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

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. Mr. Ndopu currently serves as Special Advisor to RTW Investments, a leading investor in scientific and medical innovation. 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.  

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Founder, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT); SDG Advocate

Ms. Ibrahim is an expert in indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change, traditional ecological knowledge, and climate change mitigation strategies. She is Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. From a Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, Ms. Ibrahim founded the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and works to empower indigenous voices and ensure their inclusion on international platforms. She lead several concrete projects that improved access to basic need of indigenous peoples, while promoting their unique contribution to the protection of the environment. 3D participatory mapping, for instance, helps to prevent resources-based conflicts in one of the poorest and most vulnerable region of the world.

September 22, 10:45
10:45 — 11:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Leave No One Behind, People

| Host: SDG Action Zone |, Edward Ndopu (RTW Investments), Hindou Ibrahim (AFPAT), Nadira Hira (Master of Ceremony)