The inaugural Goalkeepers Event hosted by the Gates Foundation is taking place in New York City right now!
The event’s aim is to celebrate progress toward eliminating disease and poverty around the world, and inspire a new generation of advocates to work on behalf of these causes.
The 44th president of the United States Barack Obama and Bill and Melinda Gates will be joined by activist Malala Yousafzai, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and others to be announced soon, to recognize the remarkable advances in global health and poverty reduction over the past 25 years.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed co-hosted the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards dinner with Melinda Gates on Sept. 19.
Participants at the Sept. 20 event have shared data and innovative solutions to ensure progress continues and the ambitious targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) are met. Partnerships focusing on women’s empowerment, digital financial inclusion and community health workers will be announced as “Accelerators” and tasked with speeding up progress to achieve the goals.
Goalkeepers has brought together a new generation of influencers and leaders from all corners of the world—from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Afghanistan, from Canada to China—who will discuss and devise innovative solutions to achieve the Global Goals.
Participants in Goalkeepers 2017 include Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor in chief of MuslimGirl.com; Jack Andraka, inventor, scientist and global health researcher; Memory Banda, founder of Girls4Change; Richard Curtis, screenwriter, producer and film director; Minda Dentler, athlete, polio survivor and health advocate; Stephen Fry, actor, writer and presenter; Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and leader of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace; Jerome Jarre and Jaunpa Zurita entrepreneurs and members of Love Army, George the Poet, artist and rapper; Bina Maseno, champion for women and youth leadership; Dr. Denis Mukwege, world-renowned gynecological surgeon; Kennedy Odede, community organizer in Kibera; Dr Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health and 2017 TED Prize winner; Isha Sesay, anchor for CNN; Astro Teller, X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory; Laurel Weldon, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University will.i.am, global music artist and Big Brother Naija’s Bisola Aiyeola on behalf of ONE.org.
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