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Queen Mathilde continues role as UN SDG Advocate alongside international KPop stars


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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians is set to continue her role as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate for the next term.

The Queen of the Belgians, who has held the role since 2016, will be an Advocate for the 2021-2023 term along with 16 other advocates. Two other royals are among the leaders chosen – Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar (consort of the former Emir of Qatar and mother of the current Emir) and His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano (a state in northern Nigeria).

Chosen as new members of the SDG Advocates are the four group members of the international KPop girl group Blackpink (Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose) with millions of fans and followers across the globe. They joined Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, STEM activist Valentina Muñoz Rabanal and Microsoft President Brad Smith as the four new Advocates.

Blackpink. Photo by PUBG MOBILE:絕地求生M – 【絕地求生M】來自 BLACKPINK 的祝福!這次特別準備了小禮物送給 BLINKS ✨, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

UN Secretary-General Antonia Guterres said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new SDG Advocates. They join and enhance a diverse group of leaders using their voice and knowledge to help the world reach the Global Goals. My thanks to all for their commitment, energy and drive.”

The other Advocates are Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Ghanan President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Richard Curtis, Hindou Ibrahim, Graça Machel, Dia Mirza, Edward Ndopu, Jeffrey Sachs and Forest Whitaker.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. By Kuhlmann/ MSC – https://securityconference.org/mediathek/asset/erna-solberg-1530-15-02-2019/, CC BY 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons

The SDGs are 17 goals agreed to by the 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015; it has a deadline of 2030 “to build foundations for a thriving, peaceful, sustainable planet.”

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is one of the 11 emeritus members of the SDG Advocates.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.