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Global Goals

Global action for people and planet!

Photo: Richard Wainwright / Act for Peace

2015 will go down in history as the year we set ambitious goals for reducing global poverty and creating a safer world free from conflict. Stand-up for Australian Aid and support the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals.

The Global Goals will set the plan for reducing poverty and supporting development in all countries, for all people for the next 15 years. They follow the great progress made by the Millennium Development Goals – halving extreme poverty since 1990.
 
Successive cuts to Australian Aid put our support for the Global Goals under threat. Stand-up for Australian Aid and support global goals for sustainable development.
 

Why we need the goals 

In 2000, Australia voted for the Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations. The goals provided a focal point for aid programs to end poverty and improve lives.
 
The world saw extraordinary changes over this time. Health, education, nutrition and life expectancy across the globe have all improved.
 
But there’s a long way to go.
 
Seven countries are unlikely to meet a single Millennium Development Goal. High levels of violence have affected all of these countries. And for the first time since World War II, more than 50 million people – more than half of them children – are currently forcibly displaced[1].
 

What are the new goals?

The Global Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. 
 
The Goals have been a work in progress since 2012 with UN member countries, civil society, business and individuals from around the world all contributing to the debate so far.
 
The full list of Global Goals: http://www.globalgoals.org/

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The Global Goal for Peace & Justice!

The Goal aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

If we look at the past 15 years of development, we can see that countries suffering from conflict and violence failed to reach the MDGs - conflict is a major barrier to development.

 Saferworld UK’s report on the Global Goals outlines the main reasons why the Global Goal for Peace & Justice is needed:
 
• Current levels of violence must be reduced
• Eradication of poverty is impossible without peace
• Peace is a priority for people and governments around the world
• Violent conflict and insecurity have prevented achievement of the MDGs
• No country is invulnerable to violence

READ MORE: You can read more about the Goal and the specific targets it includes in the Measuring Goal 16 Report by our friends at the Institute for Economics and Peace

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Stand-up for Australian Aid and support the Global Goals

The Global Goals need backing through aid if the bold plan is to be realised. Australia’s ability to support the goals is undermined by our lack of support for aid. Successive cuts to our aid budget have left Australian aid on a trajectory to its lowest level in 60 years.

We need to support aid if we are to achieve the Global Goals.

We’re asking you to get behind the Campaign for Australian Aid, to help us build support for the great achievements of Australian aid and support the Global Goals - global action for people and planet!
Campaign for Australian Aid is supported by Act for Peace. It is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.

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[1] www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/20/ global-refugee-figure-passes-50-million-unhcr-report
[2] UN Report on advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.