Five Things We’re Excited About in 2015

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January 8, 2015

A new year is laden with the symbolism of possibility. 2015 is one we are particularly excited about and here’s why.

“If we act, 2015 can be a year for the history books. It can be the year that we put the world on the path to end extreme poverty; the year we place sustainability at the heart of our future; and the year that we agree that every person should be able to lead a life of dignity and opportunity.” ~ Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation CEO and President

1. The Millennium Development Goals draw to an end

1.8This is the year! In 2000, every country in the United Nations took on the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015. Since then, more children are living past their fifth birthdays and going to school, and more women are having safer pregnancies and births. There is still work to do, but we are excited to see countries deliver as much as they can on their promises for clean water, fighting disease, helping moms and babies live happy and healthy lives, and reducing poverty and disease.

2. Bejing+20: taking stock on progress for women

Back in 1995, tens of thousands of participants and activists streamed into Beijing for an historic call to action.


There have been enormous improvements in the lives of women around the world as the 189 governments who made commitments at that time have worked to help women reach their dreams and goals. 2015 is a good time to reflect and work harder on what we’ve not yet accomplished for women to exercise rights such as freedom from violence, going to school, participating in decisions and the chance to earn equal pay for equal work.

3. 300 million additional children will be protected from vaccines

1.8 v2GAVI: The Vaccine Alliance announced plans to reach an additional 300 million children from 2016-2020. This would save an additional 5-6 million lives and have an economic benefit of $80-100 billion. To do it, they need $7.5 billion in funding and 2015 is the window of opportunity for them to gain that. Later this month world leaders will gather in Berlin to make commitments to the future of the world’s children. Their success is critical to ensure every child has a shot at life.

1.8 v34. The Planet’s future is in Paris

 More than 400,000 people turned out for the largest climate march in history in New York last September, to demand action to fight climate change.  This year, world leaders will meet in Paris for a gathering called COP21. What matters most about this climate summit is that the UN aims to achieve, for the first time in more than 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate issues from all the nations of the world.

As mothers and others worried about our children’s future, we are hopeful for the outcomes of this meeting.

5. Setting new, even bolder big goals for our world

The Millennium Development goals are coming to end but the world’s challenges are not – so what’s next? A new set of goals that reflect the progress we’ve made and what’s yet to be achieved. The Global Moms Challenge community is part of a larger conversation calling for those goals (and the ordinary parents, children and individuals those goals represent) to be reflective of all us. Learn more and join us on January 15 for a digital rally to support www.action2015.org.

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What are you excited about for 2015? Share your hopes and dreams for the world for this year and beyond. Share this article, comment below and join our Twitter chat at 11:30am ET on Thursday January 15 using hashtag #action2015.

 

 

Image credits: Shot@Life; People’s Climate March; action/2015 | World Vision

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