2015: The Pivotal Year for the International Development Agenda

January 14, 2015

2015 is a big year. This year, two United Nations summits will take place that can bend the course of history. These meetings will give world leaders the opportunity to raise the ambition for humanity and deliver bold agreements that tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. This year The Hunger Project is joining the global community so that together we can end hunger by 2030.

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals will expire. In their place comes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, including ending poverty and hunger.  Taken together, these are far more ambitious and wide reaching than the MDGs. And, what’s ultimately decided on will have a profound impact on the international development agenda for the next 15 years, with potentially historic implications.

The UN General Assembly will begin formal negotiations to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals in January. In September, they will agree upon these new goals. In December, the UN Climate Change Conference will set new climate action targets, a crucial step towards a safer, more equitable planet.

If the Sustainable Development Goals are adopted, they could achieve huge things, including:

  • Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere by securing development and economic systems that benefit everyone – not only the privileged few.
  • Ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition.
  • Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
  • Securing a world in which everyone’s fundamental rights are met and realized, including access to nutritious food, clean water, essential services, and dignified employment.

This is the year of decisions and setting the goals and the framework for the next 15 years—including deciding if the global community can build a plan to end extreme poverty by 2030.

That’s why The Hunger Project has joined Action/2015 – a growing citizen’s movement of hundreds of organizations around the world coming together to demand ambitious agreements on poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.

Action2015 launches today and is mobilizing and empowering the public around the world in capitals, towns, villages and communities to help ensure their voices are heard in 2015.  It is a platform for demanding and inspiring a better, more equitable future.

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