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Leave No One Behind

When world leaders signed up to the Global Goals, they promised to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’. That’s because, although we have made huge progress towards a better world, too many people have been left behind as a result of who they are or where they live. To turn this pledge from words to reality, Project Everyone joined forces with CIVICUS and Development Initiatives, in July 2016 – with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development – to establish the Leave No One Behind (LNB) Partnership.

Leading on the ‘engagement’ portion of the Partnership, Project Everyone created content to engage people around the world and tell the stories of those who are being left behind.

The Leave No One Behind film was created to bring the concept of Leave No One Behind to life. Using scenes from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film ‘HUMAN’, this powerful film tells an emotional story around the world’s most disadvantaged, giving voice to some of the most marginalized people and inspiring action for a better world. The film was launched in front of world leaders at the opening of the UN General Assembly, in September 2016 and was shown at events around the world.

The Leave No One Behind Toolkit was created for civil society and other organizations to support campaigning and advocacy efforts to drive the Global Goals and the commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’. The toolkit equips readers with information on the Goals and with tools to carry out campaigning and advocacy activities. It was used by civil society during national dialogues held in 29 countries. The toolkit is currently available in 5 different languages – English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

Ahead of the 2017 High Level Political Forum, the LNB Partnership joined forces with UN Women for the Leave No Woman or Girl Behind campaign. For this, Project Everyone created a series of short awareness raising films spotlighting many of the issues affecting women and girls who are at risk of being left behind in Africa and around the world. They powerfully tell the stories of women and girls across Kenya who are facing different aspects of poverty, exclusion and discrimination, and are fighting for change in their communities.

The final output produced for the Partnership was a data visualization tool created to support on and offline campaign efforts on Leave No One Behind. The data visualization platform allows you to create your own campaign materials, making them adaptable to each individual context. The tool can be used to create Twitter graphics or posters for Goals 1-5. Users can input their own data into the images, generating campaign assets tailored to an international, national or regional audience. The data visualization platform is currently available in English, Spanish, French and Swahili.

To cap things off, we presented the Leave No One Behind Award to Felix Manyogote, during the 2017 Global Goals Awards which took place at the same time as the UN General Assembly. Felix is a social entrepreneur and medical students dedicating his life to help others. Through his project MAMA AFYA he provides free maternal and new born health services, distributes free clean delivery and new born kits and develops an effective line distribution so that women are connected irrespective of their location.