Big-name advocates appointed to promote development goals
UN secretary general announces the appointment of a group to spread awareness about ending poverty, among other social issues
NEW YORK — Nearly 20 advocates — including a queen, princess, president and actor — will soon be doing their part to promote actions to eradicate poverty, hunger and other social issues as addressed in the newly ratified United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2015-2030.
Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, appointed the group. “The SDGs represent a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity, build peace, and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations,” reads a UN announcement. “The SDG advocates will promote the universal character of the SDGs, including their commitment to leave no one behind; to promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs; to encourage partnerships with governments, civil society and the private sector to share knowledge and resources; and to raise awareness for the integrated nature of the SDGs.”
The list of advocates includes John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Leo Messi, global athlete and UNICEF goodwill ambassador; and Forest Whitaker, actor and CEO of the California-based Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. For the complete list, visit un.org.
To see how the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is involved in making the SDGs a reality, visit ccfcanada.ca.