- The G20 Green Garden in Rome celebrates sustainability and biodiversity.
- And it’s accessible through an app, for those who can’t do it in person.
- Green spaces and technologies help improve the health and well-being of people living in urban areas.
- The challenges of health, climate and food security are key themes to be explored at the 2021 World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
Italy invites the world to visit an urban garden in the heart of its capital.
No need to book a flight, however, you can visit it from your smartphone or computer.
The G20 Green Garden in Rome is part of the Italian presidency of the “G20” – the forum of the world’s largest economies – and celebrates sustainability and biodiversity.
Its features include a sacred grove, an orchard and a “cubic meadow” – an open-air installation of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs – also known as the Global Goals – were adopted by the 193 UN Member States in 2015 and include the eradication of poverty, inequality and hunger, the creation of sustainable cities and the fight against climate change by 2030.
The G20 Green Garden is located in Appia Antica Park in Rome, a protected urban area that is home to many archaeological remains from ancient Rome.
For those who cannot visit the garden in person, the G20 Green Garden app allows virtual tours; and in any case, visitors are invited to “reflect on the future of the planet”.
New trees will be planted in the woods in October to symbolize the G20’s commitment to sustainable development.
And opposite the church of Saint Urbain in the garden, which was originally a Roman temple, an “emblematic tree” will be planted to symbolize the “values and objectives which must unite the international community and the countries, starting with protection. of biodiversity ”.
The G20 Green Garden project in Rome is linked to the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to stop and reverse environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, as well as the Green Cities Initiative , led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The latter focuses on the use of green spaces and technologies to improve the health and well-being of people living in urban areas.
Towards a sustainable future
The challenges of health, climate and food security are key themes to be explored at the 2021 World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
For four days, from September 20-23, the meeting will bring together leaders from all sectors to accelerate progress towards the United Nations SDGs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is an annual meeting showcasing the best examples of public-private cooperation and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies used to develop the sustainable development agenda.
It runs alongside the United Nations General Assembly, which this year hosts a one-day climate summit. This is timely given growing public fears – and citizen action – about weather conditions, pollution, the health of the oceans and dwindling wildlife. It also reflects the understanding of the growing business case for action.
The UN Strategic Development Goals and the Paris Agreement provide the architecture to resolve many of these challenges. But to get there, we need to change the way we produce, operate and consume.
The work of the World Economic Forum is essential, with the summit providing the opportunity to debate, discuss and engage on these issues at the global political level.
The event is hosted virtually alongside the United Nations General Assembly and will feature working sessions, panel discussions, dialogues and briefings on revitalizing economies, promoting inclusive recovery, l intensification of climate action and the formation of future food systems.