In 2015, the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

The SDGs provide a blueprint for human progress and a clear call to action for businesses to contribute to a better future.

The COVID-19 crisis has posed a huge challenge to society and has led to a reversal of progress on a number of SDGs: for example, over 100 million additional people have been pushed into extreme poverty, 1.6 billion children have missed school during the last year and the pandemic has widened gender inequalities with others.

Public access media and media education can help accelerate progress towards delivering the SDGs as society builds back better.

What’s MNN’s role?

MNN is dedicated to localizing the SDGs through our media education, production, programming, and facility usage through serving the New York City community.  

Furthermore, MNN plays a significant role in the global approach by connecting many of New York City's immigrant communities with their countries and cultures of origin. These include Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, the Filipino-American community, and the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean-Boriken, among others.

Additionally, MNN provides production assistance, facilities, and airtime for some of the most marginalized New Yorkers addressing some of the most pressing issues including housing and tenant rights, public education, criminal justice and prison reform, accessibility for those with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ rights.

MNN’s produced programs also provide the only space for interviews and debates with every candidate on the ballot in Manhattan’s local elections as well as weekly updates on political issues affecting New Yorkers.

Here are some of the SDG targets and ways in which MNN’s programs align:

SDGs 4,8,10,16,17


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4: Quality Education

4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university (Media Education)

4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship (Media Education)

4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations (Media Education)

4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development (Media Education)


8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training (Media Education)


10: Reduced Inequalities

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status (Media Education, Programs)

10.6 Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions (Programs)

16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (Programs)

16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance (Programs)

16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements (Programs)

17: Partnerships for the Goals

17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation (Partners, Programs)

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries (Partners, Programs)

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships (Partners, Programs)