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Conscious Fashion Campaign’s ‘Discover the Sustainable Development Goals’ Virtual Educational Hub Returns for Second Edition With the United Nations Office for Partnerships

By Emily Peagram 12 Mar 2021

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Fashion Revolution, and 1% for the Planet join United Nations entities, environmental organizations and fashion initiatives to accelerate climate action and ambition from the global fashion industry.

Following the successful launch of the first edition of the virtual educational experience in December 2020 with Kering, Tracy Reese, Gabriela Hearst and Allbirds, the Conscious Fashion Campaign led by Kerry Bannigan announces a second edition entitled, ‘Discover the Sustainable Development Goals - To Make Peace With Nature’, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships that will run from April 1 - 30, 2021.

Discover the SDGs, supported by Arch and Hook, bluesign, Lenzing and TIPA, aims to strengthen engagement from the global fashion sector to further support the Sustainable Development Goals - 17 urgent calls to action for a better world that have been adopted by all United Nations Member States. In particular, this edition’s on-demand virtual experience will showcase short films, documentaries, reports, infographics, videos, and informational tools focused on Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action and the United Nations Secretary General’s 2021 priority to make peace with nature.

Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships highlights the importance of engaging the fashion sector, explaining: “Our economic response to COVID-19 gives all sectors an opportunity to recover greener and more sustainably. The $2.4 trillion fashion industry is uniquely positioned to collaborate and engage on all the Sustainable Development Goals at every stage—globally and locally for people and for the planet.”

Kerry Bannigan, Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, adds: “As the sector works towards a sustainable recovery, we must shift the focus to building the industry in a way that prioritizes worker’s rights and equitable use of the earth’s natural resources. The fashion industry needs to become more aware of its direct link and impact on environmental and social issues as it is an important ally in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Additionally, Discover the SDGs aims to support the Race to Zero campaign and rally the fashion industry for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The on-line event will advocate for climate risk-assessments in all decisions and working together with a common purpose to leave no one behind.

Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Apparel at Lenzing comments on the industry’s collective need for partnerships, stating, “With our continued commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, Lenzing is pleased to extend our partnership for a second edition of Discover the SDGs. As the fashion industry recalibrates to reduce environmental impact and raise social standards, we recognize the need to collaborate in order to reach significant goals. We look forward to an exhilarating program with global participation”.

As the fashion industry embarks on its recovery from COVID-19, it is crucial that systematic change is prioritized across the value chain. Now is the time to be tackling the climate emergency if we hope to meet the targets set out by the Sustainable Development Goals. Jill Dumain, CEO of bluesign, echoes this by explaining, “Despite the very difficult year we just faced, I am optimistic in looking at what businesses can do to promote sustainability. The SDGs provide a unified framework to achieve this by 2030. We are glad to support the Conscious Fashion Campaign and Discover the SDGs - To Make Peace With Nature which will provide valuable tools for advancing knowledge at the intersection of the SDGs and the global fashion industry”.

Participating organizations include members of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group, Australian Fashion Council, 1% for the Planet, AWAJ Foundation, BCorp, Canopy, Climate Cardinals, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Fashion Act Now, Fashion Revolution, Fashion Roundtable, Fashion Takes Action, Institute of Positive Fashion, Nest, Pangea Seed, Peace Boat, Redress, Remake, Textile Exchange, The Climate Council, The Sustainable Angle, Transformers Foundation and WWF.

Discover the SDGs, convened by the Conscious Fashion Campaign in collaboration with

the United Nations Office for Partnerships, April 1 - 30, 2021 | www.discoverthesdgs.com

The Conscious Fashion Campaign

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, co-creates high-visibility global fashion event partnerships to advance the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The campaign was established in 2019 to inspire innovative ideas, connect industry leaders, enable new partnerships, and enact sustainable change. Through advocacy, education, and partnership development; the Conscious Fashion Campaign supports solutions for sustainable innovation in the Decade of Action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com

The United Nations Office for Partnerships

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is your global gateway to connect and co-create partnerships to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Partnerships seeks to mobilize everyone, everywhere; demand ambition and accountability to act now to deliver the SDGs. UN Partnerships works globally, regionally and in countries—to transform the world through SDG partnerships—for people and for the planet. www.un.org/partnerships

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