On 25 September, world leaders agreed an historic set of ‘Global Goals’ to tackle inequality, injustice, poverty and climate change.
As part of the action/2015 campaign, VSO has been promoting the importance of these new goals and their implementation.
On 24 September 2015, the evening before the new Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the ‘Global Goals’) were adopted, the action/2015 movement stood united under one sky. From Australia to India, South Africa to Brazil, thousands of us took to the streets to celebrate the new Goals, in cities around the world including in London, to ‘Light the Way to a better world’.
The new Goals will shape the future of international development and sustainability efforts for decades.
VSO has played a strong part in influencing the UN-led process, pushing for ambitious goals that will deliver action to tackle the poverty and inequality experienced by the people we work with.
The importance of volunteering for development has been accepted in the final outcome document – recognition of the thousands of volunteers around the world who make change happen through their commitment and efforts. How VSO influenced the Global Goals
The role of gender equality in promoting development has got its own goal, as well as a target and indicators for women’s participation in public life, something we’ve been calling for through our Women in Power campaign. While the goals aren’t perfect, they provide a framework for measuring progress against an ambitious and progressive agenda, which includes clear commitments towards the inclusion of people and communities in its implementation.