Canon Europe program recognized by the U.N. for contribution towards realizing its Sustainable Development Goals

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Canon Europe Ltd.'s Young People Programme, which encourages participants to tell photographic stories that support the implementation of the United Nations' (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has received recognition from the U.N. at the SDG Leaders Reception 2018, highlighting the Company's strong and continued commitment to creating a positive impact on society and on our planet.

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Participants of Canon's Young People Programme in South Africa

The SDG Leaders Reception 2018 was held on September 23 under the concept of bringing together leaders from diverse sectors to reaffirm existing commitments, highlighting substantial progress and encouraging the efforts of external actors to drive further action, awareness and accountability to meet the SDGs. Canon was among eight companies invited because of their strong support for the SDGs.

The event was hosted by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, with film producer-director Richard Curtis presiding as master of ceremonies. Also attending the event were such prominent figures as U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, U.N. Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The U.N. has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including promoting gender equality and ending hunger. Canon Europe's Young People Programme, which began in 2015, gives people ages 13-18 the opportunity to harness the power of imaging by using Canon products to create positive change in these areas. The program is active in 18 countries and continues to grow.

To find out more about the latest Young People Programme activities, please click the link below.

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