Pursuing global goals

HUON VALLEY NEWS | 16 SEPTEMBER 2015 

Ranelagh author Lindsey Little spends her days writing about superheroes, but last weekend she embarked on a long journey to Canberra to inspire others to be superheroes in support of the Global Goals to end extreme poverty.

Lindsey was inspired by a friend who is a volunteer advocate with anti-poverty group RESULTS Hobart, and then Lindsey became an advocate herself.

She drove 661 kilometres to Canberra from Melbourne, joined sixteen other advocates from around the country and met with parliamentarians to seek support for Australia to endorse, adopt and resource the seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The Global Goals will be agreed to following the United Nations General Assembly, September 25 to 27 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

The Goals aim to finish the work started by the global community in 2000, when it rallied around the Millennium Development Goals.

Since 2000, progress towards achieving these goals has meant the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved, the proportion of children across the developing world enrolled in primary school has risen to 91 per cent, and the epidemics of HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have shrunk.

“I’m incredibly excited about the Global Goals,” said Lindsey.

“The thought that we can eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 is awe-inspiring, but this vision will only become a reality if we resource it properly.

“I’d love to see our government rebuild Australian aid and become a leading partner in this fight against poverty, disease and inequality everywhere.”

The Global Goals will cover the period 2015-2030, and include goals to end poverty in all its forms, end hunger, ensure healthy lives, and promote peace, amongst others.

“This vision can absolutely be achieved, but only if the goals are properly resourced by all countries, including Australia,” said Lindsey.

“I would love to see Australia being a leading partner in this effort, and rebuilding Australian aid.

“There has been great progress since the Millennium Development Goals were adopted in 2000. But the job is half done, and we can’t stop there.”