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Goalkeepers 2018

Launched in 2017 in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Goalkeepers is a multiyear campaign dedicated to accelerating progress towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). Using powerful stories, data, and partnerships, Goalkeepers highlights progress achieved, holds governments accountable, and brings together a new generation of leaders to address the world’s major challenges. It features an annual data report co-authored by Bill and Melinda Gates, which tracks progress toward the Global Goals; a yearly awards ceremony and event in New York during the UN General Assembly; a set of “Accelerators”; and a community of leaders committed to achieving the Global Goals.

Goalkeepers, Global Goals Awards, September 25th 2018

In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF, the Goalkeepers Global Awards ceremony celebrated outstanding youth-focused work around the world linked to the Global Goals.

Loyiso Madinga, stand-up comedian and Africa correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” hosted the evening. Speakers included Melinda Gates; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Henrietta H. Fore, executive director of UNICEF; and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Performers included British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Malian singer and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

The three awards presented were the Progress Award to Dysmus Kisilu, Changemaker Award to Nadia Murad, who was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and Campaign Award to Amika George. To learn about the award winners from 2016 and 2017 click here.

Goalkeepers, September 26th 2018

Hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates, Goalkeepers used a combination of statistics, stories, and show-and-tell sessions to showcase how young people are driving progress. Musical, cultural, and interactive moments were woven throughout the day, and a set of accelerators were announced demonstrating tangible examples of progress towards the Global Goals: the Girls First Fund, Scaling Early Literacy, and the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator. Learn more about them here.

The event was presented by Nancy Kacungira and Savannah Sellers, and the day opened with performances by 10-year-old musician DJ Switch Ghana and Naturally 7. A diverse range of sessions throughout the day featured inspiring speakers, including world leaders President Emmanuel Macron and President Julius Madaa Bio, as well as activists Trisha Shetty, King Kaka, Eddie Ndopu, and Kailash Satyarthi. Key figures such as Her Excellency Graça Machel, Edna Adan Ismail, and Uzo Abuda also spoke alongside innovators David Sengeh, Mona Chalabi, and David Miliband. The event was livestreamed and the content from the day can be found here.

Impact & Results

This year more than 80 journalists from around the world participated in the events and awards, with 300 original stories and opinion pieces written. The event and report were covered by top-tier media titles such as CNN, Vox, Quartz, The Financial Times, The New York Times, National Geographic, Elle, NPR and many more. In addition, over 859k digital engagements with the report content were tracked, 25 million engagements with content from the event, and 530 meaningful actions taken by the Goalkeepers community to progress the Goals.