This year, the global community has a historic opportunity to lay the groundwork to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. This week at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, world leaders are expected to show their ambition to turn the 2015 sustainable development agenda and climate agreement into meaningful action.
2015 was a historic year with the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in New York last September and of a landmark global agreement to combat climate change in Paris last December. Now comes the time turn the commitments made in 2015 from a piece of paper into a reality for millions around the world. Davos offers an opportunity to shape the agenda and play out over the year ahead for stronger action around the most pressing issues of our time, ensuring that previous commitments are lived up to.
Last year, as part of the unique action/2015 campaign, millions of citizens around the world demanded urgent action to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. From Mali to Mexico, Senegal to Sri Lanka, Uganda to the UK, campaigners succeeded in urging their leaders to reach a bold new international Climate Change agreement and commit to the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
action/2015, a coalition of more than 2 200 organisations in 157 countries - with more than 80% of participants located in the Global South, has campaigned for greater ambition in the fight against poverty, climate change and inequality. The campaign has received high profile support from figures including One Direction, Malala Yousafzai, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono to Ben Affleck, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim. More than 32 million actions have been taken, urging governments to up their game in the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change.
Key highlights of the action/2015 campaign include:
United Nations General Assembly- Light the Way September 24th 2015
On 24th September more than 250 000 people took to the streets in 105 countries to demand that governments implement the newly adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development and #LightTheWay to a future free from poverty, inequality and climate change.
Women and children’s rights activist, Graca Machel speaking at the New York event said:
‘’We are on the brink of something historic! These goals are ours. For the people, by the people. But the work doesn't end today; it starts when the Global Goals are signed by world leaders. We are raising our voices for our planet & future generations.’’
COP 21- Global Climate March November 28th/29th 2015
In November, the weekend before the UN Climate Summit (COP21), 785,000 people joined the Global Climate March - the largest climate mobilisation in history- to demand for a bold new international climate agreement. World leaders must now deliver on the promise of the Paris agreement and promote a sustainable future for all.
Henda Gandamanah, action/2015 coordinator in Indonesia, speaking from the march in Jakarta said:
‘Climate Change is already a reality for us, we are feeling the impacts every day and we are suffering now. From severe floods to droughts, people are already losing their lives and their livelihoods. We have been marching because we want to send a message to leaders meeting at COP21. They must hear our message loud and clear: our lives matter. They must act now for all of our futures, before it is too late’
Millions of people have come together with action/2015 to help bring about an ambitious set of goals and the world’s first legally binding climate agreement. We have the solutions to tackle the problem. Now comes the time to turn the commitments made in 2015 from a piece of paper into a reality for millions around the world.
action/2015 is urging leaders to accelerate global progress in 2016 and beyond to achieve:
- An end to poverty in all its forms;
- The meeting of fundamental rights, tackling inequality and discrimination;
- An accelerated transition to 100 percent renewable energy;
- A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable.
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