Goalmakers 2020: Achieving the SDGs

The Pacific Council is working with GlobalWA and partners across seven U.S. cities on Goalmakers 2020, a collaboration to find new strategies to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Pacific Council will represent Los Angeles and focus on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions). The Council will work to promote community awareness around these SDGs and identify Los Angeles’ role in achieving them. Learn more about the steering committee and cities involved here.

Ways to Get Involved

The Council encourages members to join several Goalmaker events happening virtually with partners across the country. 

World Food Day, October 16, 2020: Join Global Minnesota for a World Food Day 2020 virtual conference featuring presentations on global food topics including hunger relief, regenerative agriculture and sustainable development, food security and safety, impacts of climate change, and more. The goal is to deepen our personal and collective determination to defeat hunger. Register here.

2020 National Forum, December 7-8, 2020: The Global Washington annual gathering is the premier event for global development practitioners, funders, and partners on the West Coast. This year, they are going virtual and expanding their scope and global reach. The Goalmakers National Forum will be the culmination of conversations taking place out of seven cities across the U.S. The National Forum will challenge and inspire participants to reimagine global development given this moment in history. Register here.

 

 

Background

2020 will be remembered as a year of massive global disruption and upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our health systems, jolted the global economy, and frayed our social fabric. Additionally, the protests and calls for racial equality in the United States have ignited a movement to dismantle systematic racism that is reaching across the globe.

The overlapping crises of 2020 have also created an opportunity to reset, reimagine, and rebuild existing systems for a more equitable future. Those in the global development community are responding to urgent needs and re-evaluating their role in the world. And, we already have a roadmap for this work – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each goal lays out specific targets to achieve a common vision. The pandemic has upended progress on many of these targets, and it is up to us to chart a new, more equitable course of action for our future.

Please direct any questions or interest to Senior Project Manager Ashley McKenzie at amckenzie@pacificcouncil.org.

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