In 2015 global leaders will hold two remarkable summits for both the people and the planet. In September 2015, the Millennium Development Goals will be replaced by a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – an opportunity to end all forms of poverty and inequality and tackle environmental destruction. In December 2015, leaders will meet to adopt a new global agreement on climate change – a crucial step towards a safer planet. Action2015 is a movement made up of many individuals and organisations united in the common belief that the decisions taken in 2015 are critical for our future. Together as a global movement, the aim is to raise our voices today for the generations of tomorrow.
The world is off track for ending poverty, tackling inequality and avoiding dangerous climate change. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We have the tools, knowledge and resources to fix some of our greatest challenges. We’ve already made progress – we’ve halved extreme poverty rates, cut preventable child deaths by nearly 50 per cent and made real progress in protecting the ozone layer. From campaigning on issues such as the right to access antiretroviral medications for treatment of HIV infection to childhood immunizations to protecting the environment– when we come together we can make a difference. But we need to move faster – there’s still so much to do.
In September 2015, world leaders will convene in New York to agree what needs to be done to end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle environmental destruction. In Paris, in December, they will come together again to agree a new climate agreement with the potential to secure a safer planet. The decisions made at these two gatherings will help shape the fate of the next generation and many more to come. So it’s vital that these plans are as ambitious as possible. We need leaders to step up to the challenge and make the right decisions.
What we can achieve if we take action in 2015
In 2015 we can start along our journey towards a better world. We want everyone to get involved. Throughout 2015, the campaign will provide ways for everyone everywhere to get involved in influencing the outcomes of these global debates that could achieve:
- An end to poverty in all its forms
- The meeting of fundamental rights, tackling inequality and discrimination
- An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy
- A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable
As the campaign launches some of the world’s most influential and concerned citizens have come together to call on our leaders to make the right decisions and take the right path in the year ahead. Read the Open Letter to World Leaders.
If ending poverty, ending inequality and ending dangerous climate change impact means anything to you, then join the movement. Together we can make a noise world leaders can’t ignore. Examples of national activities:
• Around the world people will take to the streets in rallies and marches to demand action – including Liberia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Belgium, El Salvador, Costa Rica and many more
• Bangladesh: A rally of over 1000 bicyclists will carry messages of the campaign to the Bangladesh Parliament before young people form a human chain around the building to make their demand for action in 2015;
• Lebanon: A human chain of a ‘15’ will be created in downtown Beirut.
• South Africa: In Soweto, 15 year olds will gather to urge their leaders to take action. In live broadcasts with well-known celebrities they will speak about their hopes for the future;