Goalkeepers Report 2022: The future of progress – Halfway through the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s time to change our approach – World

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Gates Foundation goalkeeper report says progress still possible despite setbacks to global goals

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates call on leaders to deliver on their commitments to the world’s poorest and invest in innovation and ingenuity to continue saving millions of lives

SEATTLE (September 12, 2022) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today released its sixth annual Goalkeepers Report, noting that nearly all United Nations Sustainable Development Goal indicators are off track halfway to achieving them. by 2030. Despite the significant setbacks caused by overlapping global crises, the report is optimistic, pointing to opportunities to accelerate progress towards ending poverty, tackling inequality and reducing the impacts of climate change.

Co-authored by foundation co-chairs Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates, this year’s report, ‘The Future of Progress’, notes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, wars in Ukraine and Yemen , the ongoing climate and food crises, and macro-economic headwinds on global ambitions to improve and save millions of lives by 2030.

“It’s no surprise that progress has stalled amid many crises,” said Bill Gates. “But that’s no reason to give up. Every action counts to save lives and reduce suffering. To turn away would be a mistake.

In their respective essays, French Gates and Gates call for new approaches to achieving gender equality and food security. They also cite dramatic progress in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic – a nearly 60% drop in annual deaths between 2000 and 2020 – as an example of what can happen when the world invests in long-term solutions. and innovative approaches to rooted problems.

“The world faces many challenges, some of which may seem insurmountable. Yet, despite the setbacks, I am filled with hope that we can solve these problems together and save millions of lives through human ingenuity and innovation,” said French Gates. “We know that progress is possible because the global community has already faced difficult obstacles and won. And we can do it again.

This year’s report includes best and worst-case scenarios for ending preventable infectious diseases and malnutrition, improving access to quality education, increasing access to financial services, and achieving gender equality.

“At this historic inflection point, how the world responds to setbacks is a choice that will impact what happens now and for generations to come. Millions of lives are at stake,” the CEO said. of the Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman.”We call on governments, the private sector, civil society and philanthropic organizations to do more to achieve the ambitious goals and to continue to invest in new ways of thinking, new tools and data, and proven solutions to ensure that every person has the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life.

In his essay, French Gates cites data that shows the world will not achieve gender equality until at least 2108, three generations later than expected. She calls for approaches that not only ensure a woman’s ability to earn a living, but control it.

“When it comes to the future of progress – not just on global goals related to gender equality, but on those on good health, quality education, ending poverty, and more again – there is one motor that can drive them all: the power of women,” French Gates writes.

She highlights two proven approaches to empowering women in their families and communities: building economic resilience through expanded access to digital financial tools, and building a robust care infrastructure that enables women to earn an income. outside the home.

In his essay, Gates argues that hunger cannot be solved by humanitarian aid alone. He cites recent shocks to the global grain supply from Eastern Europe and the continuing threat of climate change to underscore the vulnerability and interdependence of the global food system. Using a new data visualization tool to predict the impact of climate change, the report provides grim projections for future crop yields and agricultural productivity, particularly in Africa.

Gates cites examples of planting “climate-smart” crops and using predictive modeling as proven solutions that have helped smallholder farmers in Africa and India increase productivity and protect their crops from the effects climate change disruptors. It calls for increased investment in R&D and other proven solutions to significantly increase agricultural productivity, especially in Africa, where 14 countries depend on Russia and Ukraine for half of their wheat.

“The world should be generous and keep people from going hungry, but in another sense that doesn’t solve the larger problem. The objective should not simply be to give more food aid. It should be about making sure no help is needed in the first place,” he wrote.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation strives to help everyone lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and empowering them to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it aims to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the leadership of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.

About Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). By sharing stories and data behind the Global Goals through an annual report, the Gates Foundation hopes to inspire a new generation of leaders – goalkeepers who spread awareness of progress, hold their leaders accountable and lead action to achieve global goals.

About the Global Goals

On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). It is a set of ambitious goals and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and solving climate change.

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Report link: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/goalkeepers/report/2022-report

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