In 1999 56% of Bhutanese children were in primary school, by 2012 this had increased to 91% of children.
In 2000, world leaders agreed on the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty. And great progress has been made in the last 15 years, including 91% of children now being enrolled in primary school.
Now, the world is about to sign onto the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These are a broader, more challenging agenda to finish the job and end extreme poverty by 2030.
Over the coming months we will focus on Global Goals that relate most closely to our work. This month: Goal 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
To achieve Global Goal 17 we must be a committed partner in building a better world, including rebuilding Australian aid to 0.3% of Gross National Income by 2018-19.
As a nation we must make the Global Goals a blueprint for directing the work of Australian aid. We must invest in partnerships that bring the public and private sector together including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; the Global Partnership for Education and of course Gavi the Vaccine Alliance.
The Global Goals are a framework and only achievable if the whole world gets behind them. So let’s do what we do best – build the political and public will to end extreme poverty!
Will you call on our Foreign Minister to endorse, adopt and resource the Global Goals?