Twitter Chat: MDG7 & Biodiversity in Africa

Event date: 18 August 2014 - 18 August 2014

Time: 15h00-15h30 ET / 21h00 – 21h30 SAST
Organiser: Green Africa Directory (as part of the MDG500 campaign)
Location: Online on Twitter – Follow @GreenAfricaDir @MDG_500 @Plus_SocialGood


Description: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of 8 globally agreed goals for sustainable development, which expire in 2015 and are expected to be replaced by a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Progress has been made on many of the MDGs, but there is a need for concerted and accelerated action towards achieving progress on all the goals before they expire.

The MDG500 campaign aims to raise awareness of the progress made through the MDGs and rally to continue the momentum. On August 18 – the 500 day milestone until the target date to achieve the MDGs – the MDG500 campaign will, over the course of 500 minutes, bring together groups and individuals who will take action to raise awareness of the progress being made through the MDGs and opportunities to continue the momentum. Each hour will focus on one of the MDGs. MDG7 activities will take place between 15h00-16h00 ET.

MDG 7 focuses on environmental sustainability. Goal 7B is “Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss”.

This Twitter Chat will explore the achievements in Africa towards meeting MDG 7B, discussing which organizations are involved in biodiversity conservation in Africa, and how new media and technology can help achieve progress on the MDGs and be incorporated into plans to implement the SDGs.

Hashtags: #MDG500 #MDG7 #Biodiversity#GreenAfricaNow #SocialGood 

The following questions will be discussed during the Twitter chat:

  • Q1: What initiatives in Africa have contributed significantly to conserving biodiversity?
  • Q2: What organizations have been involved in achieving MDG7 success on biodiversity in Africa?
  • Q3: What should the #SDGs & #Post2015 agenda include for biodiversity?
  • Q4: How is new media and technology helping achieve biodiversity conservation, technology transfer, sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits? What is the potential for new media and technology in the future?