Project Everyone - from Richard Curtis - the Global Goals Turns 5
We’ve come to the end of what could be one of the strangest but most
historic UN General Assemblies ever. Marking 75 years since the UN
was founded and five years since the Global Goals were agreed it was
an opportunity to focus on the action we need if we are to make the
We founded Project Everyone five years ago as the SDGs were agreed.
Since then there’s been a huge swell of momentum but we are still off
track to achieving them and as the excellent Goalkeepers 2020 report from the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows, COVID is setting back
progress even further. That’s why we need global cooperation and
action more than ever.
BUT we should be optimistic that if we work together we can make them
happen. Here’s some of the things we’ve been part of that
we hope will inspire you!
NATIONS UNITED – A
VERY SPECIAL BROADCAST: to make things
happen you have to make things. That’s why we teamed up with the
UN and the brilliant 72 films to produce Nations United – a
first of its kind short film putting a spotlight on the
solutions we need. Please check it out and share.
THE FIRST GLOBAL
GOALS DAY FOCUSSED ON THE FACTS: to mark the 5th
birthday of the SDGs we held the first ever Global Goals Day in partnership
with our data friends SDSN TReNDS and GPSDD to put a spotlight
on the need for up-to-date data and action to change the facts.
Share the facts, take action and become a factivist today.
THE BIGGEST GLOBAL
GOALS WEEK EVER: with our partners UNDP and UN Foundation we
organised the 4th annual and biggest Global Goals Week ever. With
more than 100 events and over 100 partners signed up, it was a
week focused on action, awareness and accountability. During the
week the UNGA also saw its first official SDG moment providing a
reality check on the implementation of the Goals. You can check
out all the presentations and info here.
THE FIRST WIKI LOVES
SDGS EDIT-A-THON: over 300 volunteers from around the world
came together to create new and improve existing Wikipedia
articles on the SDGs.
A CALL FOR CLIMATE
LEARNING: Our World’s Largest Lesson launched their climate education campaign,
calling on young activists everywhere to get involved.
But, UNGA is
just a few weeks and we need action all year round, our focus
now is on working with all our partners to ensure the solutions set
out in Nations United from investment in health
and education to ending fossil fuel subsidies and getting rid of
discriminatory laws are turned into a reality.
So, do watch it, share it and reach out to us with
ideas about how we can work together.
Much love xx
Richard, Kate and Gail on behalf of the Project Everyone team
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