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Take the Ball - Hit the Goals

19 June 2018–29 Aug 2018

Photo: the Norwegian Prime Ministers office


From the 19. of June to the 28. of August the Nobel Peace Center will be showing the exhibition Take the ball – Hit the Goals. An exhibition about the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals soccer ball (SDG ball) that is on display at the exhibition, is signed by UN Secretary General António Guterres and the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The SDG ball has been traveling with Solberg on official state visits, the G20 summit and to the UN General Assembly. When the ball is brought forth, it creates an opportunity to talk about how the world can reach the UN’s sustainable development goals and to challenge the world’s leaders to “take the ball” and do their part to reach them.

In 2015, the UN unanimously adopted 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs). These goals constitute not only the world’s shared vision, but an action plan for eradicating poverty, combatting inequality and halting climate change by 2030. When the goals were finalised, then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: “It is an agenda for people to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home.”

Reaching the SDGs is inextricably linked to the creation of a more peaceful world. Without peace, it will be impossible to reach all the goals. And without reaching all the SDGs, we will not be able to create a peaceful world. Many of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates have engaged in activities that are now part of the world’s new, common goals. Malala Yousafzai is campaigning for girls’ right to an education, Al Gore is working to combat climate change and Mohammad Yunus wants to reduce inequality and promote the right to a decent job.

The SDGs concern us all. For the first time, the world has set goals that encompass the environment, the economy and natural justice, and that apply to all countries. Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who is co-chair of the SDG Advocacy Group, put it like this: “When it comes to the SDG’s, every nation in the world is a developing country. We all have a way to go to reach these goals.”

The Exhibition is made by the Nobel Peace Center in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be shown in the Entrance Hall. Entrance to the exhibition is free.