25 September 2015 - As Pope Francis, world leaders and rock stars gather in New York today to launch the Global Goals, Christian Aid says the world stands at a crossroads between pain and hope.
President Obama, David Cameron and Beyonce are among the scores of the powerful and the famous involved in events from today until Sunday, to promote the new Sustainable Development Goals intended to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and protect the planet.
Speaking in New York, Chief Executive Loretta Minghella said that while Christian Aid welcomed the Goals, they would only be realised if governments were fully committed to their financing and implementation.
“We are not naïve,” she said. “We know that while we talk about the Goals, children are dying from preventable diseases, women and girls are falling victim to violence and exploitation, catastrophic climate change threatens and fences and barbed wire are going up to separate us, one from the other.
“So we stand at a crossroads between pain and hope. Only our collective commitment and determination to bring the Goals into being will determine the path ahead.
“The star-studded events this weekend in New York must be just the start of determined effort in every country – not the point at which we can congratulate ourselves and feel our work is done.”
She added: “These new Goals apply in every country, including the UK. They will need to be translated into detailed and fully-costed action plans, if they are to amount to more than mere words on a page and help to secure the just, sustainable and peaceful world we long for.”
The Sustainable Development Goals are being launched at the United Nations in New York this weekend, in the presence of some 130 world leaders including UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
They are intended to apply in every country over the years 2016 – 2030 and to tackle poverty, inequality, discrimination and environmental crises including climate change.
Christian Aid experts are in New York this weekend. For background briefings or interviews, please contact Rachel Baird on firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org
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