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CAMPAIGNERS CALL ON WORLD LEADERS TO ‘LIGHT THE WAY’ AHEAD OF KEY UN SUMMIT

Today, in more than 150 cities around the world, including Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e- Sharif tens-of-thousands of campaigners backed by leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai will call on governments to commit to the new Sustainable Development Goals and tackle the most urgent issues of our time – poverty, inequality and climate change.

Action/2015 has organised over 100 events across the globe on the eve of the UNGA, including:

  • Public gathering in three big cities of Afghanistan – Kabul (Darulaman Palace), Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif;
  • Mass demonstrations at the historic Constitutional Hill in South Africa;
  • Visual illuminations at the iconic Sydney Opera House;
  • A concert and torch relay across 15 states in India.

The messages and voices of millions around the world will come together at a spectacular light show `under one sky’ in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, a stone’s throw from the UN building in New York.

The new Sustainable Development Goals are a historic opportunity to accelerate progress towards a better future for everyone. The Global Goals, to be adopted on Friday the 25th of September, have the potential to shape the next 15 years of global development and create momentum for a long-term climate agreement in December. The commitments in 2015 could achieve:

  • An end to extreme poverty by 2030 that condemns millions of people, especially women and girls, to an early death, poor education and ill health.
  • A turning point in the soaring levels of inequality and discrimination.
  • An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy, ensuring policies that take care of people and planet.

Action/2015, one of the world’s largest civil society campaigns made up of over 2000 organisations, networks and coalitions from 150 countries is calling on leaders to commit to implementing these Goals. This includes a commitment to:

  • Walk the Talk: have a clear implementation plan, developed with the active participation of citizens - especially marginalized groups and local communities.
  • Finance Our Future: ensure sufficient financial flows are made available to deliver all the goals in time. This should include domestic and international funding, meeting existing spending commitments and tackling unfair tax systems.
  • Be Accountable & Transparent: Monitor and communicate your progress on implementing the goals. Parliaments, civil society organization and existing human rights and other existing reporting mechanisms should be central to this process.

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Notes to editors

Please contact Ahmad Abid Humayun the Communication Officer from Sanayee Development Organization - SDO on sdo.communication@gmail.com, 0093-7862-30-744 for details of national mobilization in Afghanistan, or for any other questions.

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