This exhibition and opening reception at The United Nations Headquarters in New York City (UN), featuring the works of world-renowned photographers, Sergio da Silva and Angelo Mitsotakis, organized by the Permanent Missions of Greece and Portugal, in cooperation with Club Photo International (CPI), and the UN Office of Geneva Library, brilliantly and creatively expresses the artists’ goals to increase awareness through photography for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as recommended by the UN.
193 countries of the UN General Assembly now participate in an intergovernmental initiative, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” to improve the condition of mankind and protect our planet before 2030. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets were established to address the broad range of issues as shown above.
“Our goal is to put the SDGs in the context of an original visual dialogue. The round shape is the common element of the photos in the exhibition because our wish is to underline the global scope of the SDGs. The documentary aspect had to match visual attractiveness, to trigger curiosity, questions, reflection and criticism before (and even after) discovering which goal corresponds to which image.”
– Sergio da Silva & Angelo Mitsotakis
Two magnificent images for each of the 17 SDGs are presented in the exhibition.
H.E. AMBASSADOR CATHERINE BOURA, Ph.D.
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF GREECE TO THE UN
Her Excellency Ambassador Catherine Boura, Ph.D. eloquently introduced the exhibit, artists and speakers. The event was well-attended by UN member representatives, including His Excellency UN General Secretary President, Peter Thomson, who expressed his appreciation to the artists for their fine work and how art is having a positive impact on educating the world about SDGs.
H.E. AMBASSADOR PETER THOMSON
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT
Several speakers expressed their excitement about the exhibit and their commitment to support art projects that increase SDGs awareness.
Attendees included UN ambassadors, consul generals, representatives from NGOs, and representatives attending the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum. Guests enjoyed superb wines and passed epicurean tasters from Portugal and Greece whilst mingling and adoring the art.
About the Artists
Sergo Da Silva is c0-founder and president of Club Photo International (CPI). Established in 2006, CPI was created for staff members of the UN system and NGO’s accredited to the UN and permanent missions who are interested in photography. Mr. Da Silva is an internationally celebrated photographer who wants to “share emotions through photographs.” He works tirelessly to help other photographers achieve their creative goals and support UNOG Cultural Activities. His work has been exhibited in Belgium, Brazil, France, Japan, Russia and Switzerland. Many of his photographs have been chosen to illustrate UN activities such as the book “La representation de l’ humanité: collection des oeuvres d’art de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève” (2001) and UN Special, the magazine of the UN civil servants. He conducts a series of lunchtime lectures and workshops, “Culture and Communication through the Image,” organized by the Staff Development and learning Sections of at UNOG to share his passion. He is also a book author, “Water, mirror of the world” (UN University) and has received the “Art for Environment” award from the UNEP Geneva office. He is editor of UN Tech-News.
Angelo Mitsotakis became interested in photography while he was traveling around the world in his main business of ship-management and maritime enterprises. In 1997 he met Sergio da Silva in Moskow during his photo exhibition. da Silva inspired him to take his creativity to heightened levels. Mitsotakis and da Silva worked together on the “17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations” which exhibited at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in 2016 and now beautifies UN Headquarters in NYC. Mitsotakis is now a well-known photographer who exhibits his work around the world.
The exhibit will run at the UN from January 30 to February 10, 2017. For more information, visit
Written by Penelope Bunn
SADR Senior Editor
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SDGs Explained: UN Resolution A/RES/70/1-09/25/1