In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Our governments have a plan to save our planet…it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.
The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.
The Global Goals 2017 conference took place September 16 to 23. The main inaugural Goalkeepers event was live streamed on the 20th. In case you have missed it, you can view both parts below.
Goalkeepers 2017 Part 1
Goalkeepers 2017 Part 2
As the name suggests, this event focuses on global goals — goals in which nations around the world work together in order to build up the next generation of great leaders and to fight against poverty, disease, and inequality. Joining Bill and Melinda Gates were various iconic individuals who have agreed in stepping up to achieve the global goals, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former US President Barack Obama, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and Her Majesty and UN Secretary-General Special Advocate Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, along with many others.
PM Trudeau stood for women’s rights, vowing that their voices are heard and to breakdown stereotypes that bias against them from achieving greater goals and ambitions, stating, “[…] The further we push ourselves toward gender equality the faster we will achieve the SDGs. It’s that simple. A fairer, more sustainable world is within our reach — but only if women play a leading role.”
There were various topics that were touched upon besides women’s rights, which will require further international involvement. The Gates Foundation announced their new $200 million contribution to the Global Financing Facility — one of five multisector “Accelerators” to support various causes. Others include the following:
- Women’s movements: A number of leaders and foundations join forces to support local grassroots women’s organizations and movements, many of which are pushing and leading towards gender equality campaigns internationally, but are still unrecognized and underfunded.
- Community health workers: this group includes people that are committed to the development of health worker programs through online platforms.
- Digital financial inclusion: Five major organizations in this category have joined together in advancing digital technology to shift from cash to digital payments. This will help the world’s poorest whom lack the access to basic financial services.
- Child malnutrition: The Power of Nutrition is a platform that pushes to increase contributions in order to support millions of children around the world that are suffering from the lack of nutrition.
For more insight in the cause, you can view the article from the Gates Foundation or the report by following the links below:
- Gates Foundation Press Release: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2017/09/Bill-Melinda-Gates-Host-Goalkeepers-Event-to-Engage-New-Leaders-in-Fight-Against-Poverty-and-Disease
- The Stories Behind the Data Report: http://www.globalgoals.org/goalkeepers/datareport/