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News, 10/24/2017

Animal paintings depicting Sustainable Development Goals exhibited in Espoo

The original works of art illustrating the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), earlier on display as poster reproductions in classrooms, will be exhibited at the Espoo Cultural Centre this week. Tuesday 24 October marks the International UN Day.

Two years have passed since the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. The common agenda and global challenges, which Finland together with other countries has pledged to resolve, have become familiar during this time to many schoolchildren, too.

Attentive pupils have observed colourful animal posters, which illustrate the UN’s SDGs and give food for thought, on the walls of their classrooms and school canteens. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs commissioned Matti Pikkujämsä, a graphic designer, to design the series of six posters on the theme, sent to all Finnish primary and secondary schools a year ago.

Paintings illustrating sustainable development at the National Museum of Finland in May 2017.
Paintings illustrating sustainable development at the National Museum of Finland in May 2017.

The goals illustrated in the series refer to eradication of poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, promoting decent work, reducing inequality, and taking climate action. There are 17 sustainable development goals in all.

The original acrylic paintings, featured in the posters, will be exhibited at the Espoo Cultural Centre from 23 to 29 October. Previously the exhibition was held in the premises of the National Museum of Finland. Matti Pikkujämsä is an illustrator and graphic designer, who received the State Prize for Illustrations in 2015.

The 2030 Agenda requires Finland to take action both at home and beyond. The City of Espoo was the first city in Finland to join the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development. It has prepared plans for the different units of the city in order to promote the UN goals illustrated in the posters. Schools have been active, too. This year, Latokaski School was awarded for excelling in global education.

Background about the theme of the exhibition can be found in the maailma2030 teaching material (in Finnish), which provides basic information about the UN’s SDGs and includes exercises to support learning.

The exhibition will be open at the Espoo Cultural Centre on its opening hours from Monday through Friday from 8.00 to 21.00, on Saturdays from 9.00 to 18.00, and on Sundays from 9.00 to 15.00.

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