100 days to a new agenda for people and the planet

100 days to a new agenda for people and the planet

It is now 100 days until world leaders meet at the United Nations in New York to agree on a new agenda for people and the planet – the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Sustainable Development Goals map out 17 goals for all nations to end poverty, reduce inequality and sustain the environment to 2030.  The Goals mark a new era in international development and the current draft acknowledges the important role of volunteering in their implementation.

VSO is one of 1300 civil society organisations around the world that as part of the Beyond 2015 campaign are today urging world leaders to show courage and finalise an ambitious agreement before the major United Nations Summit in September. The campaign has produced an Open Letter to all world leaders asking for them to commit to implementing the post-2015 agenda, and to ensuring full participation of civil society and other stakeholders in this process.

“We welcome the hard work from many countries that have been playing a constructive role in negotiations on the Goals but we need to see more courage at this crucial stage in the process.” said Mwangi Waituru, VSO’s Africa Policy and Advocacy Advisor & Beyond 2015 Kenya National Lead.  He is in New York today attending the UN’s Intergovernmental Negotiations on the final draft language of the declaration.

“This new agenda has been drafted with people’s participation from all over the world. We want to continue to be part of the partnership and to be actively engaged in the implementation and monitoring of the commitments” added Mwangi Waituru.

The SDGs build off the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals which were agreed in 2000.

Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign bringing together over 1300 organisations around the world to work on the post-2015 development framework.

Download Beyond 2015 Open Letter

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Editor's notes

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. For more information visit www.vsointernational.org