Graça Machel talks with young leaders on achieving the SDGs

Launched in 2017 by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Project Everyone, Goalkeepers is an initiative designed to accelerate progress to the Sustainable Development Goals – otherwise known as the Global Goals. It is comprised of an annual data report tracking progress to the SDGs, a yearly event in New York during the UN General Assembly, a set of accelerators, and a community of leaders committed to driving action to the Goals. Goalkeepers has a particular focus on fostering the next generation– young leaders who can act, communicate and keep leaders accountable to deliver the Global Goals.

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This year, Goalkeepers focused on how tremendous growth in youth populations will be a turning point for future progress in health and development and what countries, leaders, and citizens (particularly young ones) can do about it. Mrs. Machel made some brief opening remarks on her optimism on how we can achieve the SDGs, the strides that it will take to achieve the ambitious goals of ending extreme poverty and the role of political leaders in driving this change. Thereafter she moved into conversation with two young leaders who spoke about how they are working to fulfil Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Participants from the event included young leaders like David Sengeh, chief innovation officer for the government of Sierra Leone; Trisha Shetty, Indian lawyer, social activist, and founder of SheSays; King Kaka, Kenyan musician and activist; and Aranya Johar, Indian spoken word poet. Other speakers were Richard Curtis, writer, campaigner, and Project Everyone co-founder; and Stephen Fry, actor, writer, and presenter.