Yesterday, on Friday 25th September the World Leaders met to discuss and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. These goals are based on: ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and finding a way to fix climate change. The United Nations outlined 17 new Millennium Development Goals that they hope to achieve for sustainable development in all countries all over the world. These Global Goals are for everyone and for all people.
These Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations at a summit meeting in New York. A vision for what we hope the future will look like by 2030 for people all around the world. These new ‘Global Goals’ will replace the United Nations’ previous guideline, the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted in 2000. Those goals were mainly targeted at developing countries and were met with varying degrees of success.
In the last 15 years, there has been great progress towards reducing poverty around the world. A large part of this reduction is due to the Millennium Development Goals that the United Nations committed to in 2000. Each of these goals carried out a 2015 deadline. The goal of cutting extreme poverty by half – which is measured by the proportion of people who are living on less than $1.25 a day – and this was met five years ahead of schedule.
The new global goals are even more ambitious then their predecessor, and are meant to apply to every country and not just the developing world. These goals are accompanied with 169 specific targets that are aimed at advancing these goals in concrete ways. Many of these goals are to be achieved by 2030 however some of them have shorter deadlines.
Australia as a nation, needs to make sure that the Global Goals of the world are their goals too. In a country as rich as ours, it is not acceptable that poverty (especially child poverty) exist. With a new government in place, we have the opportunity to change and eradicate poverty in countries such as our own. We need to work together to create a brighter future for Australia and the rest of the world.
WE have the POWER to CHANGE the WORLD
Your Child Poverty Advocate,