This year the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to a close after an extraordinary 15 years in international development, with more than one billion people lifted out of extreme poverty. After months of negotiation, debate and consultation, this September the new Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be unveiled at the United Nations in New York at a special summit 25th-27th September. The new ‘Global Goals’ will be a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. Described as “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, central to the 17 proposed goals is a commitment to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Full details of the proposed goals can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal. In September, there’s lots going on around the world to show support for the ambitious action that is needed to deliver the goals and to achieve a world of prosperity for all. You can be a part of it. More details will follow in a few weeks’ time, but for now Save The Date and be part of this historic moment. 1. action/2015 – Lighting the way to a better world: 24th September action/2015 is a coalition of over 1950 organisations around the world (including RESULTS!) who are committed to fighting for a better future. The coalition represents different voices from over 40 countries that are coming together to demand concrete actions that reflect local struggles around the world, leaving no one behind. Action/2015 knows that by working together, we can maximise pressure on world leaders and ensure that 2015 truly is a year of action. Around the world from London to Sydney to Johannesburg, people will be coming together on Thursday 24th September to mark the start of a new development era. Crowds will gather because we want every world leader to know that the new global goals are of the people, by the people, for the people and that the people will be watching to ensure the goals are met. In London, action/2015 will be meeting on the Millennium Bridge at 6.30pm. Join us and be part of history. Find out more and register online, then send Emily an email ([email protected]) to let us know you are joining. 2. Project Everyone: 26th September – 2nd October “The more people who know about the Global Goals for sustainable development, the more successful they’ll be. If we all fight for them, our leaders will make them happen. So they need to be famous.” The simple but mighty ambition of Project Everyone is to share the global goals with 7 billion people in 7 days, the week after the UN announces the new SDGs. Led by film-maker Richard Curtis, they plan to do this by highlighting the global goals on websites, TV stations, cinemas, schools, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, billboards, newsletters, noticeboards, pinboards, milk cartons and mobile phones. But that won’t be enough. We need your help to share the new Global Goals far and wide. Check out http://www.globalgoals.org/ and start sharing the Global Goals with your friend, family and colleagues. Tell Everyone! 3. RESULTS Global Grassroots Webinar: 27th September On Sunday 27th September, RESULTS will be hosting a global grassroots webinar live from the United Nations Summit in New York. Grassroots campaigners from across the world will hear from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS U.S. and Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, in the heart of the action at the UN. They will share the excitement from the Summit, share an update on the discussion of the new Global Goals and let you know what it all means for international development. And we’re hoping (fingers crossed!) they’ll be joined by Dr Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and Director of The Earth Institute.
Full details will be shared with you soon, but in the meantime get the date in your diary now. Its going to be great!