The World Depends on it

The world agreed on 17 Global Goals that affect everyone, everywhere. It’s up to us to call on U.S. leaders to work with the United Nations to achieve them.

Peace and Justice

40 million people are estimated to be victims of human trafficking. That’s 40 million lives denied their basic human right of freedom, which is 40 million too many.

Several United Nations agencies are focused on combating trafficking globally. Pledge your solidarity with human trafficking victims. Ask Congress to support the UN’s work to end abuse, exploitation, and trafficking by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

No one wants to be a refugee. Yet war, political persecution, famine and disease have forced a record 79.5 million people to flee their homes.

From Syria to Venezuela, Bangladesh to South Sudan, the UN is on the frontlines responding to a growing number of refugees. But the need for shelter, food, education, and other aid is enormous and are outpacing the capacity to respond. Let Congress know you stand #WithRefugees.

Act. The world depends on it.

From Myanmar to Venezuela, there is no denying that human rights are under threat everywhere we look.

The United Nations is the leading international body that works to protect human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities all over the globe.

Ask Congress to stand up for human rights by supporting the UN’s efforts to create a more fair and just world. 

Act. The world depends on it.


690 million people go to sleep on an empty stomach every night.

Each year, the United Nations and its agencies work in over 80 countries to save lives and change lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Ask your Member of Congress to support the UN’s efforts to create a world with zero hunger by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

There are 775 million people in this world who can’t read, along with another 152 million children set to follow in their footsteps because they aren’t attending school.

Across the globe, the United Nations is working to give all people access to a quality education by 2030. In fact, 170 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students learned basic reading skills.

Tell Congress to support kids’ education around the world.

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Dying of thirst is more than an expression, it’s a reality.

Around the world today, 1 in 9 people live without access to safe water. And in some regions women and girls spend up to 6 hours a day collecting water for their families.

The UN is leading the charge to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, which will save lives, prevent diseases, and help keep girls in school. Tell Congress to help secure clean water for all.

Act. The world depends on it.

Equality and Rights

  • Champion Gender Parity

    Champion Gender Parity

  • Support LGBTI Rights

    Support LGBTI Rights

Girls just want to have (fun)damental rights.

From promoting girls’ education to defending women’s health to elevating women’s economic inclusion and empowerment, the UN continues to partner with civil society and governments to uphold the rights of women around the world.

Ask your Members of Congress to support the UN’s work to achieve gender parity by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

Love is love. Yet today, more than 1/3 of the world’s countries still criminalize same-sex relationships – putting millions of people at risk of blackmail, arrest and imprisonment – and even, in 5 countries, the death penalty.

The UN is committed to promoting the equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people everywhere.

Ask Congress to support the UN’s work to secure free and equal rights for all by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

Healthy Planet

Every year, up to 10 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean and at this rate, plastic will outnumber fish by 2050.

We need to save our oceans, but the U.S. can’t do it alone. In fact, 60% of our oceans outside of any country’s jurisdiction. The UN is leading the charge to help clean the world’s oceans by convening 200+ countries to sign a global plan to eliminate plastic waste.

Tell Congress to help save our oceans by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

The numbers don’t lie: the Earth is getting warmer. We’ve already warmed the Earth by 1°C, and are on track to reach more than 3° of warming unless we make significant changes. That might seem like a small number, but it’s a big deal. Scientists recently warned that we must reverse course in the next 12 years on how we use energy to eat, travel and live or our planet, people, and the resources we depend on will see major impacts.

Tell Congress to work with the UN & step up on climate.

Act. The world depends on it.

Air pollution is an invisible killer. Every year 7 million people die prematurely due to the combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. That means in 1 in 9 deaths globally are from something you can’t see.

Fortunately, air pollution is something we all have the power to control.

The United Nations and its agencies (like the World Health Organization and UN Environment) are leading an international charge to improve air quality so that people everywhere can breathe safely by 2030.

Act. The world depends on it.

Global Health

Over 47,000 Americans die every year due to opioid overdose, that means 130 people every single day.

Fortunately, in close coordination with the U.S., several UN agencies are focused on tackling this problem at the global level. The UN is combating this crisis by stopping the illegal overseas flow of drugs and setting international controls for dangerous chemicals.

Tell Congress to act to help end the opioid epidemic and protect tens of thousands of lives.

Act. The world depends on it.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite.

Despite gains in halting malaria over the past decade, progress is at risk. The UN and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, are leading the efforts to get back on track.

Ask Congress to step up its support for the UN’s work to prevent, detect, and treat malaria.

Act. The world depends on it.

Measles outbreaks are on the rise in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. This highly contagious, yet preventable disease killed over 140,000 people – mostly children – in 2018.

While the United Nations and its agencies like UNICEF and the World Health Organization, have worked closely with the U.S. to save lives from measles, the recent outbreaks tell us our fight is not over.

Ask Congress to support the U.S.’ efforts and partnership with the UN to eliminate measles globally.

Act. The world depends on it.

About the global goals

In September 2015, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to commit to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: End extreme poverty; Fight inequality and justice; Fix climate change.

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The Climate Action ActNow.bot (which works in Facebook Messenger) recommends everyday actions that individuals can take to protect the planet. The campaign highlights the impact that collective action can have at this critical moment in our planet’s history.

Learn more.

Goalkeepers: Started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goalkeepers is a catalyst for action toward these goals—bringing together leaders from around the world to accelerate progress toward ending poverty and fighting inequality.

Learn more.

Global GoalsCast: Global GoalsCast is a podcast that empowers listeners to make the world a better place by sharing the stories individuals, companies, and organizations that are advancing a more sustainable world.

Learn more.

Little x Little: How do you solve the world’s biggest problems? Take one little action and multiply it by 2 billion.

Watch the campaign’s launch video: “How to Save the World in 6 Seconds.”

Global Citizen: Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Learn more.

We care about the world. We bet you do, too.

These Global Goals matter, your voice needs to be heard. Act. The World Depends on it.

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