The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and it included the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDGs through Arts’ is a global, socially driven arts initiative dedicated to addressing the SDGs by engaging with local artists. Its primary aim is to Educate, Engage and Raise awareness on local and global issues. At ZeeArts, we are staunch advocates of the SDGs. We strongly believe that Art is a paramount catalyst for social change and is a medium to empower society and bring about a positive impact, in line with Agenda 2030. Art and Culture bring to light the truths and injustices around us. As an organization who promotes arts and culture, we have a duty to address these issues by embracing and championing the SDGs. We are local ambassadors of the SDGs making a global impact.

In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, the United Nations in the UAE and ZeeArts developed a pilot advocacy program to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals, through a lens of inclusion and empowerment, by engaging with artists and the private sector to Support, Sustain, and Shape a better world by 2030. SDGs through Arts is also a statement sparked by global economic, social, cultural, and creativity crisis. Lockdown measures have weakened many sectors and brought down productivity. Despite the unwelcomed ramifications, Art has survived. Art is resilient and remains a universal language that connects people.

SDGs Through Arts will continue to spearhead not only raising awareness about Agenda 2030, but also creating opportunities for artists to share their vision as well as contribute to the sustainability agenda and ensure inclusion through the creative sector. The SDGs through Arts, foster cultural exchanges and cross-border understanding, all of which play a pivotal role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

H.E Dr. Dena Assaf (United Nations- UAE Resident Coordinator )

Message :

“Art and culture play an important role in promoting social change and addressing global issues. The “SDGs Through the Arts” initiative is a valuable project that engages local artists to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and empowers them to use their creativity to shape a better world by the year 2030. This initiative also helps promote cultural exchange and understanding across borders, which is essential to achieving the SDGs. As the United Nations in the UAE, we are proud to have worked with ZeeArts for the pilot advocacy project of SDGs Through the Arts, and look forward to its continued success and expansion globally”                                                                                                                        

Zaahirah Muthy (Founder ZeeArts Gallery)

Profile :

Zaahirah Muthy is a passionate artist-activist, an agent of change, and a curator hailing from Mauritius, nestled in Dubai for the past 12 years. As someone who aspires to bring about positive change in society, she conveys a strong message of empowerment through her art and artistic initiatives. Zaahirah has had her art exhibited in Africa, Europe, Middle East, United States, and Asia. She is the founder of ZeeArts and has curated over 85 art exhibitions in various countries.  She is a strong advocator for female artists from across the world through her initiative Art Connects Women which is on its 7th Edition.

She pledges to commit to and spread the ‘SDGs through Arts’ initiative globally, and to reach out to artists from all walks of life in 17 countries by 2030. She is a firm believer that Art is a universal language to connect people and is a catalyst to bring social change.