2015: A Year in Review

We stand at the turning point of the planet and its people. 2015 was a momentous year: the United Nations ratified the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and new Climate Agreement was established in December at COP21. Beyond 2015, our global community faces the responsibility to carry the momentum of the announcement of these goals, and is tasked with achieving them in the next 15 years.

To do this, we must take action. We must not forget our commitment to our planet and to each other. We must use technology to bolster our efforts to accomplish our objectives.  

The People+Planet Project (P+PP) is a new action network for social good created to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. On January 1, 2016, the first phase of the platform will launch to help the world achieve the SDGs by 2030. 

ADOPTION OF THE NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

On September 25th 2015, 193 global leaders gathered and made a commitment to 17 goals that would accomplish three monumental objectives by 2030: eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals will lead the way to change for all people, in all countries, on one planet.  

COP21/ THE ADOPTION OF THE NEW CLIMATE AGREEMENTS

At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement. The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius.  

OPRAH WINFREY AND THE SCREENING OF "BELIEF" AT THE UNITED NATIONS

On October 15, 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York, The People+Planet Project, in collaboration with the Oprah Winfrey Network, hosted a special preview screening of Ms. Winfrey's new series "Belief". The documentary series explores spirituality and culture around the world. The 45-minute preview of “Belief” was followed by a question and answer session with Winfrey who talked with the audience comprised of UN officials, delegates, faith leaders and special guests.

UN SUMMIT - PRIVATE SECTOR FORUM & THE PEOPLE+PLANET PROJECT

In September, People+Planet Project participated in the United Nations Private Sector Forum.  The event was hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and attended by over 300 CEOs, Heads of State, UN and civil society leaders in order to discuss the role of business in implementing the world's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals.

PEOPLE+PLANET PROJECT AT ADVERTISING WEEK-NYC

One week after the Sustainable Development Goals were officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, creative media leaders gathered at a panel during Advertising Week to discuss the implementation of The World's Most Important Campaign to be launched in January.

Panelists included People+Planet Project Founder and CEO, Natalia Vega-Berry, Communications Director and Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dan Thomas, Co-Founder & Chairman of PVBLIC Foundation, Sergio Fernández de Córdova,  and Founder & CCO of Tröllback + Company, Jakob Tröllback. The panel was moderated by Jason Harris, President & CEO of the creative advertising agency Mekanism.

PEOPLE+PLANET AT COP21-PARIS

People+Planet Project Founders Natalia Vega-Berry and Michael Tracy presented a series of initiatives to accelerate climate action and bring together influencers, political officials, business leaders and leading strategic experts. Their initiative, the People+Planet Project will connect individuals and create partnerships in an action network to make the New Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. The founders were able to form a partnership with Morocco, the host of COP22 in November, 2016.

The People+Planet Project is an initiative of the Global Brain Foundation.  For more information please contact Natalia Vega-Berry at natalia@globalbrain.is.