Millennium Development Goals
As children, we are told to 'dream big'. We are told that hard work gets you to the top and that by doing so, you can lead
The true inspiration to be drawn from this economic restructuring is the power of hope - the courage to dream and aspire to a better future, in what can only be described as a testament to the power of human will and determination, transcending all cultures and borders. Time will tell if our tenacity and persistence will allow us to prevail.
Today some 60million children still do not see a single day at school. We must look at what we did right and what we did wrong in order to move forward with energy and purpose and not break promises again.
This Sunday, 11 October, is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a day of celebration: of daughters, of universal human dignity, and of the great privilege it is to be a parent to a daughter - just as it is to a son.
Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.
Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first
This week the new goal and targets for education from now until 2030 will be set in stone. Here, we present some initial
This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.
Lessons show that sustained transformations to sustainability require political coalitions across groups through mobilisation across sites and scales. If the SDGs are to have meaning, it is this new politics that will make the difference - not getting hung up on the many goals or targets.
The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?