Goalkeepers 2017

In September 2017, the first ever Goalkeepers event took place in New York and was streamed live across the world. The event, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together a generation of determined thinkers, doers and givers, sharing their work and their ideas to help hit the ambitious Global Goals targets by 2030.

What Happened?

Across two days, we heard speakers including President Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates, Prime Minister Trudeau, will.i.am, Malala, Stephen Fry, George The Poet and Queen Rania telling stories, revealing solutions, highlighting champions, both famous and unknown, and announcing a set of unique accelerators that will save and change lives around the world.

Catch up on the event by watching it on YouTube.

Why are we doing this?

"Armed with an understanding of how many challenges humanity has overcome so far, you’re inspired to do whatever you can to help solve today’s problems and prevent tomorrow's."
Bill Gates

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.


Some of the amazing speakers who was taking part across the 2 days of goalkeepers. Show all speakers.

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, before beginning a career in public service and winning seats in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history.

  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Having co-founded Microsoft over forty years ago, he continues to serve on the board and as a technology advisor. He has also founded Corbis, a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from private and public collections around the world.

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Pakistani activist and student, Malala Yousafzai, is the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for the rights of girls in her community to go to school. Malala recovered, continued her campaign and, as co-founder of Malala Fund, is building a global movement of support for girls’ education. She is currently studying PPE at Oxford University.

  • Melinda Gates

    Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the philanthropic initiatives around global health and learning, Melinda’s particular focus is on empowering women and girls to drive meaningful global change. She has seen first-hand the transformational improvements this has brought and lead the London Summit of Family Planning in 2012, which aims to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020.

The Stories Behind The Data

To set the context for the Goalkeepers17 event, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are launching The Goalkeepers Report.

The Goalkeepers Report. This annual progress check, which will be published each year until 2030, will be key in accelerating progress in the fight against poverty. The report will help to diagnose urgent problems, identify promising solutions, measure and interpret key results and spread best practice in key development areas.

To bring the data to life, the report tells the stories behind the numbers – shining a light on the leaders, innovations and policies that have made the difference.

Discover the stories behind the data.


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