On September 25th, 2015, world leaders will meet at the United Nations to commit to 17 new global goals (called the Sustainable Development Goals) over the next 15 years. Imagine being responsible for setting goals for the entire planet and then getting everyone to agree and start working together to make them happen!
Building off the Millennium Development Goals, the Global Goals are a world-wide plan of action to solve some of our biggest problems.
There are 17 specific goals in place to reach three critical aims:
- End extreme poverty
- Fight inequality and injustice
- Fix climate change
So, will they work? Well, in the last 15 years more than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, the number of child deaths have been cut by more than half, and 2.6 billion people have access to improved drinking water. These outcomes all came via the previous set of goals from the UN – the Millennium Development Goals.
We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got more work to do. 1 in 9 people go to sleep hungry, 6 million children die before their fifth birthday each year, and 2.5 billion don’t have access to basic toilets. It’s our duty to make our world a better place, to make our society and planet stronger.
These goals can be reached when everyone knows about them. You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are, and you can’t convince world leaders what needs to be done if you don’t know what it is. This is why spreading the word and working toward the #globalgoals is so important!
Take Action Challenge
Join the movement to spread the word about the Global Goals! Sign up by adding your name to the many who will work to make these goals our reality. Make plans now to attend this year’s Social Good Summit in New York, where you can be a part of history being made as plans are made for the #globalgoals to be achieved. Tickets available now.