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6 Examples of Organizations and Campaigns that are Taking a Lead in Promoting a Better Future for All

July 10, 2017

 

Starting today, the United Nations, under its Economic and Social Council, is convening a High-Level Political Forum to review the progresses being made on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a special focus on "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world."

 

As part of the program, a set of goals are to be reviewed, as listed below, including Goal 17. The objective will be to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. State-led reviews will be implemented, and will involve ministerial, and other high-level participants relevant stakeholders.

 

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the most ambitious agenda ever adopted by the UN, and in order to create a better future for the next generations, all sectors and stakeholders must must be involved in implementing this plan. Media plays a significant role in engaging citizens to affect change and is a key component in enhancing communications efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Here, are 6 examples of organizations and campaigns that are taking a lead in promoting a better future for all.


Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

 

Global Citizen

 

 

The Global Citizen is an advocacy platform that allows millennials to take social action on the world’s most challenging issues. Through the collective actions of Global Citizens around the world, with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

 

The community built through this organization is helping by taking small, but meaningful actions, to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. They call on global leaders to take take action and in doing so are building a movement that engages and educates people, which encourages them to take simple, but effective, individual actions.

 

 

Join in. Speak out. Take action. Learn more at https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/

 

 

Goal 2: End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

 

ShareTheMeal (World Food Programme)

 

 

ShareTheMeal is an effective campaign that is fighting global hunger by raising awareness and helping people in need. This easy to use campaign runs through a smartphone app, which enables users to make micro-donations to feed one child a day, and then track the progress of the issue. Donors can even track the progress of the program and see where the meals are distributed.

 

The initiative, run by the United Nations World Food Programme, enables users to take action and help to reduce global hunger with just a tap on their smartphone to “share the meal” with a child in need.

 

Visit https://sharethemeal.org to learn more and download the app to help end hunger.


 

Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

 

(RED)

(RED) was founded to harness the power of the people and companies to help fight AIDS. It partners with iconic brands by creating (RED)-branded goods and services, of which 50% of the profits go to the Global Fund. Over the last ten years, (RED) has generated over $465 million for the Global Fund to assist with the global fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To date, more than 90 million people affected by HIV/AIDS have been helped throughout Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia by money raised directly through the (RED) campaign efforts. 

 

Visit https://red.org/donate/ to join (RED) in the fight against aids.

 

 

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

 

HeForShe

 

HeForShe is UN Women’s initiative that focuses on engaging men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality. The campaign focuses on the idea that gender equality is an issue that affects all people and advocates for a unified action plan. HeForShe was launched at the United Nations in September 2014 by Emma Watson, who delivered a powerful speech that highlighted the struggles of women and girls around the globe. UN Women aims to mobilize 1 billion men to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.

 

HeForShe includes online pledges to support their efforts, and moves beyond awareness to action by asking men to define what matters to them, and what they will do to make a difference for gender equality in their everyday lives.

 

HeForShe is currently running a 3-5 year pilot effort (IMPACT 10X10X10) focused on engaging global leaders across governments, the private sector, and academia to commit to concrete progress within their own institutions.

 

Learn more at http://www.heforshe.org/


 

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

 

Internet.org

 

Internet.org is a Facebook-led campaign with the goal of bringing internet access, and the benefits of connectivity, to areas of the globe that are currently without any. Internet.org strives to overcome global issues around accessibility, affordability and awareness, with the goal of one day having all people connected. Internet.org approaches this task through the use of programs like Free Basics, which brings access to basic news, job postings, and communication tool sites, like Facebook, for free. 

 

Learn more at internet.org


 

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

 

Strawless Ocean

 

 

The #StopSucking campaign encourages people to stop using plastic straws, which are polluting the water and killing marine life. According to #StopSucking, if we don’t act now, there is a possibility that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

 

Single-use plastics are a major problem when it comes to harming the ocean and its wildlife, and the Strawless Ocean campaign believes that refusing the single-use plastic straw is the easiest, and simplest, way for everyone to take action daily to address plastic pollution. They , also, encourage spreading the word by taking the pledge to go strawless, and to share your pledge on social media to get others to follow. 

 

Take the pledge, spread the word and learn more at https://www.strawlessocean.org/

 

 

 

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