This week is Global Goals Week, an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2020, there is a sense of urgency. We have 10 years to achieve the ambitious targets set by the SDGs and that is short amount of time. At the end of 2019, the UN announced that the world was not on track to meet this target. Furthermore, they issued an urgent call for action to accelerate the partnerships, collaborations and projects that are needed to achieve the goals.
It is fitting that during this week, here at the IPA, that we too highlight the actions that are being undertaken by publishers and publishing associations across the world related to the SDGs. Each day, we will be highlighting and announcing new initiatives to help inspire our industry and encourage all publishers to embrace the SDGs.
For our first post, we are excited to announce that the IPA have commissioned a dedicated report on the SDGs for the publishing industry. Set to launch during Frankfurt’s virtual Book Fair, the report is the first time that our industry’s activities have been collected and organized using the framework of the SDGs. The report is focused on case studies and interviews, providing best practices and inspiration on how to embrace and take action on the SDGs.
Michiel Kolman was interviewed on the SDG report: Watch the full video here and read more below.
How can publishers contribute to the SDGs?
I think publishers can contribute towards the SDGs in two ways; the first, is that they can control their own environmental footprint. For instance, they can become greener, they become more diverse, they can champion ethics within their supply chain. This is really about a publisher’s own internal processes and policies, that they can control and influence.
Equally important is that publishers can be agents of change. They can impact society, simply by the types of content they publish. One example of this is the SDG Book club, designed for children aged between 6-12. The book club highlights children’s books that champion the principles behind the SDGs, such as equality, sustainability and caring for the environment. Available in multiple languages, this initiative showcases how publishers are creating quality and inspiring content related to the SDGs, that will resonate with the next generation of readers.
COVID-19 has forever changed our lives and impacted our businesses and the wider publishing industry. In your perspective has the pandemic brought us closer or further away to achieving the SDG Goals.
Well, you might think, because we're in the midst of a crisis, both a health crisis and also an economic crisis, things would be far more difficult. But to me, it also screams opportunity, because I strongly believe we do not want to go back to exactly the way it was. We now have the opportunity to truly shape a new type of world, a new type of society and it is an opportunity to really build around the SDGs. Together, we can shape a more sustainable future and so this an opportunity, it is not an easy one, it is difficult, but certainly one we really have to embrace.
What advice do you have for publishers wanting to contribute towards the SDG goals.
First of all, the IPA’s SDG Report is a great example of how publishers can contribute towards the goals. It has lots of inspiration and best practices from across our industry. The report shows that all publishers can contribute, whether they're small and can contribute a small amount, or if they are large and can contribute more significantly.
From the report, I see there are three broad areas of contribution. The first one is around content and what we publish. Secondly, it is about equal opportunity for everybody and the power of diversity and inclusion. Thirdly, it is about collectively building a smarter generation with a focus on quality education and the role of educational publishing.
To find out more about how publishers have been contributing towards to the SDGs, get ready to read the new IPA SDG Report that will launch during the virtual Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday 15 October at 11am. See IPA's full programme here.
Im an Educationist from India working on developing book content related to SDG's for School Students. I have developed one such Creative WorkBook that makes students to Workout & Understand the Importance of Nature. Initial version of the workbook was given to few school students during this COVID-19 lockdown to solve on their own in their home. After which feedback from them was received. Sharing sample feedback from students - was written in a paper (typing here)
The Real Life Educonomics shows how to apply simple mathematical tools like conversion to solve the logic of human civilization and the logic of Nature. For the first time i could find a book where the subjects like mathematics, physics, geography and economics are linked together. The topics that i came through in this book resembles my school book, but this time it gave me a moral and a link between this book and practical life. Whereas, my school books gave me moral but i could not find a way to link it to practical. For example, rainwater harvesting is a topic that i had studied during my ninth standard, but after my ninth academic year has completed, not even for a single time i had gone through what is rainwater harvesting and what will that do to us. Am very glad to say that this book had shown me a way how to link myself with the topics in book. Also we know that the production of CO2 into the atmosphere causes ozone layer depletion because CO2 is a greenhouse gas. But i have never known how to reduce the emission of CO2 gases, but this manual led my way in how the CO2 gases has to be reduced from mixing in atmosphere. Further, there are more number of things i could learn from this volume.I can imagine no finer resource on todays environmental problems than this book. As a whole this volume creates a new type of impact on the people who really and deeply concern for Nature and Environment.
Archana G (XI, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, CBSE)
After one month of finishing book, i learned to run a family in low income. I realized and applied it in my real life. If light, fan, TV like electronics is turned ON unwantedly, Ill OFF it. Because it causes global warming. I reduced the loss of water in my home, most people are living with scarcity of water. I am using vehicle for necessary use only, otherwise pollution in air gets serious. I used to throw garbages on road. Hereafter ill put in garbage, otherwise it will lead to death of animals. I will not waste paper, if i waste, im wasting trees. I will follow these in my life hereafter.
I. Praveen Kumar (XI, R.V. Government Boys Higher Secondary School)
I believe that this workbook will definitely make a big positive impact in Students Mind about the importance of Nature, Climate Change, Respect for people etc. With support from eminent people, i would like to take this workbook across the globe to support UN SDG's. Though this Workbook is designed in Indian Context, a few minor changes (like changing rupees to dollars, euros, etc) can be done and can be used in schools across the globe.
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