Today’s blog comes from Jenny Foster, Project Lead for the Global Goals Centre
Global Goals Day marks a turning point for people and planet. Today marks five years since the Sustainable Development Goals – or Global Goals – were agreed to by every nation in the world.
This incredible world plan could be transformational – these 17 Goals are visionary in aiming to eradicate poverty and inequality, provide access to healthcare and education for all, as well as tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergencies, and plenty of progress has already been made. A real good news story at a time when these seem to be few and far between!
Bristol is one of the world’s leading cities working on the Global Goals, by pledging to build our post-Covid Recovery on the Goals, and by aligning our One City Plan with the Goals’ targets, as well as being the first UK city to carry out a Voluntary Local Review on the city’s progress on the Goals, to highlight local need and inform local action. Bristol’s SDG Alliance has over 150 member organisations from across the city region, all working to promote the Goals in their businesses and communities.
Bristol is also planning the world’s first immersive education and visitor Centre for the Goals. The Global Goals Centre aims to engage schoolchildren and the public with the Goals in a fun, revelatory and inspiring immersive experience, enabling them to explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world, and offer tools and inspiration for everyone to play their part to speed up progress towards a greener, fairer future.
We have seen how Covid-19 has hit the poorest and most vulnerable hardest and makes the need to address inequality and poverty even more urgent. If we’re going to reach the Global Goals by 2030 and build our recovery on the principles of equality and sustainability, we all need to engage and take action to bring real, lasting change. Let’s help more local people and organisations to #TurnItAround:
- Raise awareness and get informedSign up for the Global Goals Centre newsletter, donate, and share ideas on social media. Watch the Nations United short film.
- Raise your voice and hold leaders to account: Sign the statement calling for more ambitious action at: https://covidcitizenaction.org/covid-19-citizen-action/
- Commit to make this a Turning Point for People and Planet; put the Goals at the heart of your plans and think how you can play your part to deliver the Global Goals.