Canon partners with UN for 5th SDG Global Festival of Action

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Canon EMEA, the world’s leading imaging company, will be taking part in the 5th SDG Global Festival of Action between 25th – 26th March to inspire and educate people on the of power visual storytelling in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Striving to inspire action, connect people and develop solutions to #Turn it Around, the festival will focus on the four key themes of climate action, poverty and inequality, gender equality, and inclusive systems and sustainable finance.

Canon will be supporting the event through number sessions inspired by the activities of both participants from its Young People Programme and Canon Ambassadors. The sessions aim to explore the power of visual storytelling and how it can be used to drive action on the SDGs.

All of Canon’s sessions are free to attend and can be accessed by registering for the Festival here.

Canon sessions:

  • Big Picture plenary: the time is now, 25th March 16:15 – 17:00 GST

Canon Ambassador Tasneem Alsultan will be joining journalist and former UN official Cristina Gallach and civic entrepreneur Ilona Szabó De Carvalho to take stock of where we are right now and discuss what changes are needed now to ensure a sustainable future. 

  • Canon Young People Programme creative storytelling workshop: how to tell compelling visual stories speakers, 26th March 20:00 – 21:00 GST

Adam Pensotti, Head of the Canon Young People Programme, and Canon Ambassador Laura El-Tantawy will be running a workshop aimed at educating and inspiring people to use visual storytelling as a tool to express their views on how we can create a better and more sustainable future. Attendance at the workshop will require registration for the session.

  • In conversation: the value of creative education and empowering the next generation speakers, 26th March 21:15 – 21:30 GST

Adam, Laura and Tasneem will also come together for a panel session to discuss the power of visual storytelling, covering both their own work and how it can be used to support the development of young people across the world.

  • Visual storytelling exhibitions

Online exhibitions will be displayed throughout the virtual festival, featuring the work of Laura El-Tantawy, Tasneem Alsultan and participants of the Canon Young People Programme.

This marks the third year that Canon has supported the SDG Global Festival of Action through its Young People Programme, an initiative which inspires, educates and empowers young people to use visual storytelling to share their own views on how to fulfil the SDGs.

A wide variety of sessions will take place across five different stages in a dynamic virtual space, offering attendees the view and interact with plenary sessions, speeches, workshops and performances. The SDG Global Festival of Action is free to attend and all sessions will be available on-demand after the event. For more details please visit the event’s website.

About Canon Middle East:

Canon Middle East, a subsidiary of Canon Europe, is the operational headquarters for Canon in the Middle East is based in Dubai, UAE.   

Founded in 1937, the desire to continuously innovate has kept Canon at the forefront of imaging excellence throughout its 80-year history and has commitments to invest in the right areas and capture growth opportunities. From cameras to commercial printers, and business consultancy to healthcare technologies, Canon enriches lives and businesses through imaging innovation.  

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. 

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realize their own passion for image.