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“Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.” Social Good Summit Agenda

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

Helen Clark & Ricardo Fuentes: 2015 Social Good Summit

Social Good Summit 2015: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW
This has been a whirlwind of a week for activism, global conversations and the call for change, unity and peace around the world. First we had the Pope visit with us, then the UNO leadership has gathered to tackle the 17 Global Goals and initiative for change in the world, and add to it the fabulous Social Good Summit that started today and will wrap tomorrow. It is being held at 92nd Street Y which is, with Mashable, United Nations Foundation and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), one of the co-founders of the Summit. So before we start complaining about the ills in the world, we need to ask ourselves two critical questions: What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? What am I going to do about it? We can only see change if we start to change first. We need to disrupt the status quo by holding our governments accountable and using our social media connections for good. Then we must make an effort to participate in communities that believe in change for the benefit of all – communities/events organized by the UN Foundation like the Social Good Summit, the many global NGOs, and other public and private organizations that work daily to effect change in countries around the world. As I sit here preparing this post, I am impressed by the passion and drive of the many speakers, those who have spoken and others to come. The Agenda is rich and there is much work for all of us to do.

“World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development” Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

UNDP: #GlobalGoals at the Social Good Summit – #2030NOW

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. UNDP

By now, many of you might already know what the 17 global goals for sustainable development are that nations need to focus on from now till 2030. Of course, the sooner we achieve them the better but at least, our governments are being challenged to step up and work towards overhauling their infrastructures and bringing about change to their populace. Is this feasible? YES. Can nations rally to meet these goals ? Yes. Here are the 17 Goals and suggested ways to consider them via Global Solutions.Org. You can participate in creating change. Which goal or goals do you want to see achieved most in your lifetime? Please pick up to 4 selections from the choices below.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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“To be successful, the post-2015 SDGs will require a new kind of thinking and accountability on behalf of member states and all facets of public-private society….I see the 17 goals themselves as a pipeline of opportunities for investment. So if we’re talking about cities, what will go into that, and what sort of businesses will be the mainstay of it…” Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

Social Good Summit: Tackling New Goals, Power & Technology #2030NOW

Jimmy Wales: 2015 Social Good Summit

Amina J. Mohammed spoke beautifully in outlining the 17 goals for the next 15 years, and offering a To-Do list that we must all support if we ever want to see sustainable change in the world. As one of the invited guests, Leila Janah, eloquently shared during an interview segment with Pete Cashmore and others, “we must use technology to widen our circle of empathy.” Here is a look at today’s agenda:
11:50am Opening Ceremony
12:20pm #2030NOW: Global Goals and the Technology that will Help Achieve Them. Kathy Calvin, Jimmy Wales, Ricardo Fuentes, Helen Clark
12:40pm The World’s To-Do List: Goals for the Next 15 Years Amina J. Mohammed
12:50pm The Tipping Point for Human Rights Stacy Martinet, Dr. Gro Brundtland, Graca Machel
01:05pm The Future We Want Carolyn Miles, Zheng Booing (China 14), Precious Banda (Zambia, 16), Chloe McGill (USA, 15)
01:15pm Champions of the Earth -Ian Somerhlader, Achim Steiner, Paul Polman, Collet Ngobeni
01:30pm Global Meet-up Check In
01:35pm Tech Disruptions for a Sustainable Future Elizabeth Gore, Adrian Grenier, Trisa Thompson, Leila Janah, Pete Cashmore
02:01pm The Next Chapter in Global Education Sarah Brown, Kailash Satyarthi, Keith Yamashita; Mariéme Jamme
02:26pm Into the Deep: An Accidental Journey into the Dark Web Rosa Bransky
02:36pm The Arc of AIDS Activism Ayman Mohyeldin, Ndaba Mandela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka
02:58pm Planning Her Own Path Asha Curran, Babatunde Osotimehin, Ashley Judd
03:13pm 100% Sport, Harnessing the Power of the Fan Niall Dunne and Ben Ainslie
03:23pm Privacy Settings Lance Ulanoff, Moxie Marlinspike
03:38pm Refugees: The Route to Resettlement Lara, Logan Antonio Guterres, Ger Duany
04:00pm Digitally Enabling Citizens Adam Ostrow, Rami Aslan
04:13pm Seeing Around the Innovation Corner: Diplomacy Today Tony Blinken
04:23pm Social Media is the New First Responder Lara Logan, Naomi Gleit, Dr. Pranav Shetty, Matt Petronzio
04:49pm To Change Everything We Need Everyone Andrew Freedman, Bill McKibben
05:04pm Inside Out: From Stories to Solutions Dr. Zia Khan
05:14pm Doug Rutzen, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, Marcelle Calle
05:39pm Transmissions from the Field: The 2015 Waislitz Award Winner wesigye Jackson Kaguri
05:49pm Global Citizen: The Opportunity of a Generation Introduction by Michelle Nunn Hugh Evans
06:03pm Closing Remarks

READ: UN approves global to-do list for next 15 year
GreenBiz.comAmina Mohammed: Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter for business
UNO Sustainable Development: Communicate with Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 1

Personally, I still believe that social good is both a universal responsibility and an opportunity to change global disparities. All of us can contribute our knowledge and skills to help each other succeed. Social good is a key way to effect change that can help nations achieve the 17 global goals by 2030. keep global peace alive and help others thrive. With the growth of new technologies, new empowered voices and social media, we have immediate and powerful access to digital tools that can create effective connections.  Join in, tell your friends to join in and make this incredible conversation a success.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a spectacular week ahead!  What are your thoughts? What type of world do you want to live in by the year 2030? What are you going to do about it? Do you have socially responsible organizations you support? Where does your information come from?  Do share! Thank you.

Positive Motivation Tip: Social good is everyone’s responsibility and each of us can use our social media skills and technological know-how to effect change for GOOD. Connect!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Peace day Poster via UNO, World flags via GlobalGoals, International Peace Symbol via Wikipedia, Pope Francis via Wikipedia, Amina Mohamed via UNO, 17 SGS via SGS, and some via my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

41 Comments leave one →
  1. Felissa Elfenbein permalink
    27/09/2015 3:43 pm

    I think that a lot of these goals go hand in hand. Poverty and hunger go together but access to education helps bring people out of poverty though not having the basics like clean drinking water leads to sickness making it difficult to attend school in the first place. If these things were brought to cities and villages here in the US and across the world more people would be able to innovate and lead the way in so many of the other goal for 2030.

    • 27/09/2015 8:17 pm

      Felissa, I’m with you 100%. We need real effort everywhere to make this a reality globally. People tend to forget that these problems exist everywhere; including the USA. TY for addressing that.

  2. Samantha Pierce permalink
    27/09/2015 4:21 pm

    Those are some interesting goals. It seems like they’re not too much to ask, but looking at what state our world is in, it’s a shame that we may not see some of them happen.

    • 27/09/2015 8:14 pm

      Thank you Samantha, many feel the same way because we live in such a fractious world. My hope is that governments will make the extra effort to make these goals a reality for their people…

  3. Claudette Esterine permalink
    27/09/2015 5:11 pm

    You indeed had a whirlwind of a week! This is a great blog post, most informative about issues that matter to the sustenance of our world and those currently inhabiting it and those to come. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • 27/09/2015 8:12 pm

      Thank you Claudette. I was thinking that this would have been a great one for you/your team to attend too. I know you relate well to this subject. TY!

  4. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    27/09/2015 5:42 pm

    I read about this somewhere else. I love people that make a difference!

  5. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    27/09/2015 7:51 pm

    I’m so hopeful that there is even a list! lol My personal top 4 would include Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, and Climate Action! I like the whole list, but that’s how I’d prioritize!

  6. miss (@thedealmatch) permalink
    27/09/2015 9:30 pm

    very interesting event. I believe social good summit will bring positive messages for all of us.Love the ideas

  7. Liz Mays permalink
    27/09/2015 9:31 pm

    The summit sounds completely inspiring! I hope it really does send attendees home raring to get things done!

  8. 27/09/2015 10:33 pm

    Impossible to reduce the list when each goal is so vital.

  9. 27/09/2015 10:39 pm

    Informative and engaging blog post. Always enjoyed reading blog post.

  10. 28/09/2015 12:13 am

    These are great goals and I am hoping that these goals will be met. Hunger is our number one problem, not just in the US, but in all parts of the world.

  11. Jen permalink
    28/09/2015 1:08 am

    Great list of goals right there. Gives the humanity hope.

  12. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    28/09/2015 2:54 am

    With all the craziness going on in the world right now, I guess my immediate wish is for some countries to stop being greedy, selfish and insensitive. No more wars. No more victims. Respect each others differences.

  13. puritybelle permalink
    28/09/2015 5:37 am

    Really interesting post and it make me think about what I would like for the future, and for my children’s future. It seems sad to me that so many of the goals are still things that we need to worry about – like hunger and poverty for example. And you’re right, we all need to be part of that change.

  14. Brandy M permalink
    28/09/2015 9:37 am

    Great list of ideas to help! I am always looking for ways to help especially kids. They don’t deserve anything bad to ever happen to them.

  15. Mizuki permalink
    28/09/2015 9:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I didn’t know about this. It’s good to see that UN is talking about “how to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.” More people should be informed about this so they can be motivated to participate. 🙂

    Personally I’d prioritize Climate Action, Quality Education, Zero Hunger, and Affordable and Clean Energy. 🙂

  16. Rosey permalink
    28/09/2015 10:31 am

    How hard to pick four. It’s great that this list exists though, I love that it’s on the forefront. And I agree there def. can be very positive change if there’s action.

  17. Jennifer Clay permalink
    28/09/2015 11:34 am

    This sounds like a great event to attend! I love things that help improve the future!

  18. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    28/09/2015 11:56 am

    I love that list of goals to choose from! They can apply in more than one way in our lives, which is neat – sort of like you’re accomplishing more than once goal at the same time!

  19. Stephanie Pass permalink
    28/09/2015 2:54 pm

    These are amazing goals! I hope they get everyone achieved. I just wish some of them would come in my lifetime.

  20. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    28/09/2015 4:26 pm

    Awww! I bet this is a fun summit to watch and be part of.

  21. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    28/09/2015 5:41 pm

    You are right. Change must start within us before we can expect a bigger change in the society.

  22. Farrah @ Fufilled Mommy permalink
    28/09/2015 10:55 pm

    I agree with a commenter above that quality education can help break the cycle of poverty! This is a great list. I hope some action comes from it.

  23. wandergluttony permalink
    29/09/2015 1:30 am

    Great informative post! I think its important as an individual and a community to always be making choices with the future in mind.

  24. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    29/09/2015 3:22 am

    I read this post again and I think we must invest in future of the children. Proper education, better health and nutrition, protection from harm. We must respect the rights of the child. We do not leave the future to the children, we borrow it from them.

  25. espacularaiesa1 permalink
    29/09/2015 5:39 am

    This summit is a great idea. We all have to start promoting peace and unity.

  26. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    29/09/2015 5:47 am

    I had no idea there was such a summit! I would love to attend this one!

  27. Jeanine permalink
    29/09/2015 5:53 am

    Great information! I support an organization called ROWW and its a disaster relief no profit. There’s a new one that just came about that I am supporting too, I find it’s so important to support what we can. I need to find something local to support as well, education and hunger is so important.

  28. chelseadamon permalink
    29/09/2015 6:27 am

    Wow awesome goals here. Great to read.

  29. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    29/09/2015 7:27 am

    I am sure that this summit will inspire other people. I bet it is entertaining and educational when you are in that event.

  30. Joely Smith permalink
    29/09/2015 4:03 pm

    So difficult to pick only four – I want all of them but if I had to choose I would pick:
    Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Because with that we would have the ability to reach Goal 1: No Poverty and with no poverty we should have Goal 2: Zero Hunger thus getting three goals in one.

    I would love Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being for everyone!

    Then Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production because with that we should also achieve Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation AND Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

    So many things lead to the other!

    It is so hard to leave out all the others.

    Goal 4: Quality Education
    Goal 5: Gender Equality
    Goal 13: Climate Action
    Goal 14: Life Below Water
    Goal 15: Life on Land

    ALL of these things are so important and vital but you said pick 4 lol

  31. Journeys of The Zoo permalink
    15/10/2015 6:06 pm

    What great goals. Even if we meet only one of them, the world will be a better place. Wishing all of us great success in exceeding all of them.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  32. kleebanks permalink
    24/10/2015 5:30 pm

    This sounds like it was a fascinating event! My doctorate degree concentration is in educational technology and e-learning, so I think I would have enjoyed attending this.

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