Online events hosted by UN City agencies in November

Copenhagen, 4 November 2020

We are very happy to invite you to participate in three online events this month. On 5 November, WHO/Europe will host a webinar on Millenials – a generation worried sick about the SDGs. On 11 November UN Women is co-hosting an introduction to the Women Empowerment Principles. And on 20 November you are invited to join UNICEF when they commemorate World Children’s Day.

5 November 13-14: “Millennial development goals: a generation worried sick about the SDGs”

Join the webinar on Millennial development goals: a generation worried sick about the SDGs, organized by WHO Europe.

In a world burdened by inequality, poverty, and climate change, one generation created the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while another will try to live them out. What matters has changed.

With species extinction, mass flooding and severe drought happening around the world, existential fear around survival is causing serious climate change anxiety. Generational gaps, ever-evolving technologies and cultural variances have brought new views on work-life balance, consumerism, sustainability and ethical choices. How are these cultural shifts affecting the health and well-being of a generation?

At the same time, the way in which young people are responding to the SDGs in general and mobilizing in relation to climate change and inequity may in fact be an important sign of resilience and strong mental health. Do the worries many young activists are feeling lie less in the nature of the challenges than in the feeling that they are not being heard?

Members of the panel will include: 

  • Caroline Hickman, Climate Psychology Therapist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath (United Kingdom);
  • Emilia Aragon de Leon, Technical Officer in the Sustainable Development and Health Programme at WHO/Europe; and
  • Martin Lucas Eick, United Nations Norwegian Youth Delegate for Urbanization, MSc student in Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Coordinator of Sustainable Urbanization in the youth organization Spire.
  • Moderated by Nils Fietje, Technical Officer in the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit at WHO/Europe.

Live stream and Q&A here. Online audiences can also interact and ask questions by going to and entering the event code #whoch.

11 November 15-16.30: Get an introduction to the Women Empowerment Principles 

The struggle for gender equality is essential to secure a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous economy that benefits all. Global research has proven that companies investing in women, supporting women’s leadership, and committing to gender equality more often than not outperform their competitors. In order to assist your business and the global business community realize these opportunities, the seven steps of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) were established by the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women.

UN Women will together with UN Global Compact Denmark co-host an introductory webinar on the WEPs to emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The webinar will provide you with an overview of the WEPs, their value proposition, the process of becoming a signatory and how your company can communicate results and progress on the principles.

Sign up and read more here. 

20 November: World Children’s Day 

To raise awareness on children’s rights, on November 20th UNICEF celebrates the World Children’s Day. This year marks the 31th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Due to COVID-19, the World Children’s Day is not being celebrated as a psychical event in the UN City Copenhagen, but as a virtual event. Everyone is invited to participate the celebration on UNICEF’s social media: Facebook and Instagram.

A full program will be released soon and will include an event with HRH Crown Princess Mary, the awarding of this year’s UNICEF Denmark Prize and an event with Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Prehn. A number of UNICEF partners and donors will also take part in the celebration of Children’s Day, either online or in real life.

In the coming weeks leading up to Children’s Day, UNICEF is launching a social media campaign where children between the ages of 13 and 18 will illustrate and share their bid for the world they want after Coronavirus. UNICEF will continuously share the children’s creative content on its social media platforms. The children can also share their own content on their own social media. The initiative is part of UNICEF’s global campaign, which will share visions for the future from children around the world towards World Children’s Day.

Read more (in Danish) here.