United Nations and Thomas & Friends™ Launch collaboration to introduce Sustainable Development Goals to Preschoolers

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

Actress Olivia Wilde speaks at the launch of a United Nations, ‘Thomas & Friends’ collaboration to introduce SDGs to pre-schoolers. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan Brown
Actress Olivia Wilde speaks at the launch of a United Nations, ‘Thomas & Friends’ collaboration to introduce SDGs to pre-schoolers. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The United Nations and Mattel, Inc., today launched at UN Headquarters a collaboration to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschool audiences through the extremely popular animated children’s series Thomas & Friends™.

UN Women’s expertise and involvement in this project ensured that the SDG 5 on Gender equality is strongly featured in the upcoming episodes of the show, with a new African female engine, called Nia being introduced. Over the last year, UN Women supported this initiative, providing guidance to the production team for the development of Nia’s character and some of the new storylines of the show.

Read the press release on the collaboration.

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