Extreme poverty has been cut in half, millions of children’s lives have been saved and people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before

Watch the film below to see more about the progress that has been made over the past few decades, and the challenges that can be addressed if we successfully achieve the Global Goals.

It is vital that this momentum doesn’t stop. We are at a critical time, where brave choices need to be made if we want to achieve the Global Goals by 2030.

This is why this September The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are hosting Goalkeepers, an event in New York City filled with inspiring stories and driven by data, dedicated to accelerating world progress. 

There will also be a celebration of stories of success, at the second annual Global Goals Awards, in partnership with UNICEF. This is the chance to recognise some truly extraordinary individuals, in front of an audience of people who can help make this change happen more quickly.

‘Goalkeepers’ will help bring together a generation of determined thinkers, doers and givers to help hit the ambitious Global Goals target, in whatever way they can.

And the best stories, speeches and solutions from the event will be shared around the world to ensure that all of you can play your part.


Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter

This year’s annual letter from Bill & Melinda Gates is addressed to their friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to their foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. Earlier in the year, Warren asked Bill & Melinda to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world. The letter highlights the advances made over the past decade, which sets the scene for the discussions we’ll be having in September.

Read the extraordinary story here.

Global Goals Awards

The first annual Global Goals Awards were held in September 2016. The winners were recognised for their contributions to advancing the rights of girls and women.
The winners were Yusra Mardini, Rebeca Gyumi and DoctHERS.

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Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini The Girl Award

A Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning and used her status as an athlete to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and migrants around the world.

Rebeca Gyumi

Rebeca Gyumi The Social Change Award

A lawyer, activist and the founder and executive director of the Msichana Initiative, a Tanzanian non-profit that advocates for girls’ rights and access to education


DoctHERS The Campaigner Award

An organization that brings health care to vulnerable women and girls in Pakistan via telemedicine whilst providing employment opportunities for qualified female health professionals.