Around the world today, more than 1 billion people live in extreme poverty and lack access to clean water, electricity and basic health care. Around 263 million children and youth are out of school. More than 6 million children die each year before the age of 5. But, we can change this.
In 2015, 139 countries signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals - a set of 17 objectives aimed at ending extreme poverty, promoting justice, peace and prosperity for all, and protecting the natural environment - all by the year 2030. Everybody - not just governments - is coming together to work towards these common goals. To learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals, visit SDG ZONE.
If we achieve the SDGs, it would mean universal healthcare will be available to all, every child will have the opportunity to gain a quality education, no one will be forced to go to bed hungry, and much more. But making the SDGs a reality requires significant investment.
It is estimated that the world needs to spend between $5-7 trillion USD each year to meet the SDGs, with a financing gap of around $2.5 trillion USD for low-income countries. Luckily, there is enough wealth in the world to help achieve these goals and fill the financing gap.
There are currently 2,208 billionaires in the world today. Their combined net worth amounts to approximately $9.1 trillion. If every billionaire pledged just 1% of their wealth, that would be enough to close about one third of the SDG financing gap in the world’s lowest income countries, and:
Add your name to the list of people calling on the billionaires of the world to contribute to making the SDGs a reality
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With the superrich 1% net worth we can - save 6 million children per year from dying of preventable diseases. Let’s do it now!— SDSN Youth in Northern Europe (@SDSNYouthinNE) December 1, 2018
#movehumanity @humanact_dk @UNSDSN @SDSNYouth @SDSNNE #Youth4sdsg #Youth2030 pic.twitter.com/ogdEWVZxG6
Move Humanity is closing the finance gap for the #SDGs. Let’s end extreme poverty by calling on the top 1% to donate 1% of their wealth to the poor!#Movehumanity @UNSDSN @SDSNYouth @humanact_dk @SDSNNE pic.twitter.com/DvAB2mOYDc— SDSN Youth in Northern Europe (@SDSNYouthinNE) November 28, 2018
On December 2nd, 88 participants from 15 institutions attended the #MoveHumanity conference organized by SDSN Korea in the Korea University 🇰🇷. The panelists discussed important topics such as #recycling ♻, #sustainability 🌲 and the #SDGs 🇺🇳 pic.twitter.com/9o4NkEU7VU— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) December 4, 2018
The Target 2030: Saving the Future (Hedef 2030: Geleceği Kurtarmak) was held on Dec 2nd in Istanbul, Turkey, and talked about the #SDGs 🌳, #MoveHumanity 🌎 and #Volunteering 🤝. Hundreds of people from all over Turkey attended such special event 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/6P49rSl7F2— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) December 4, 2018
On December 2nd, the #TOBB Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Academy-SDSN hosted a great event on “Mandela 100 Years Celebration” at the @Tobbedu (Economy and Technology University), in Ankara 🇹🇷 #MoveHumanity pic.twitter.com/8nPGQ6eQN8— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) December 5, 2018
On December 2nd a #MoveHumanity event was launched at Cuenca, Ecuador 🇪🇨 It was an amazing experience with multiple organizations presenting their jobs and young people supporting the campaign.— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) December 6, 2018
A WYD pilot Workshop was developed and will be replicated on January 24th in Panama 🇵🇦 pic.twitter.com/YxrJOTkIAL
Yesterday, the Samtse College of Education organized an event on the #MoveHumanity conference, "Cleaning Campaign and "Street Night Show".— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) December 3, 2018
The president, faculty members, students, teachers and 60 different scout leaders from all parts of Bhutan attended the place 🇧🇹 pic.twitter.com/N3JyGq5PCY
Thanks to @humanact_dk, @SDSNYOUTHSahel hosted #MoveHumanity event that calls for immediate actions towards the #SDGs. Youth around the globe are optimistic about bringing a brighter future to the generations to come! Learn more: https://t.co/ojsIA6GmDf @djaffarshalchi pic.twitter.com/SRTXWtNaCq— SDSN Youth (@SDSNYouth) January 8, 2019
It's a collective task and responsibility to make the world a better place. The summit released to the world young & passionate individuals to make the world a better place and achieve the #GlobalGoals#MoveHumanity #SDGs#Goal2030 pic.twitter.com/M2ytbXcxMa— SDSN Youth Nigeria (@SDSNYouthNG) December 4, 2018
Prof. Dele Layiwola charged participants on the need to change the status quo & take responsibilities for the change we need. He emphasized the need to draw lessons from the life of Nelson Mandela who against all odds fought for the freedom of South Africa. #SDGs #MoveHumanity pic.twitter.com/lyKBvqoAS8— SDSN Youth Nigeria (@SDSNYouthNG) December 4, 2018