The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, agreed by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, represent an historic agreement of unprecedented scope, setting out far-reaching and ambitious goals to structure our collective efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts welcomes the potential that the Goals represent for transformative change in the lives of girls and young women, particularly:
- explicit recognition that gender equality is critical to the progress of all Goals.
- existence of a stand-alone goal on gender equality that includes specific targets on the elimination of violence against women.
- recognition of the importance of education and for creating life-long learning opportunities.
Now the challenge lies in implementing this ambitious framework into tangible progress, particularly in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. Governments and development agencies must commit substantial resources and attention to girls' programming and more importantly listen to girls' voices and perspectives.
Girls are the experts on their needs and lived experience and can make a genuine contribution to the success of the Global Goals if given the tools and the space to do so.
The development of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts' work on the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 - 2030 is currently in progress. We aim to equip and empower young people to be drivers and agents of the 2030 agenda.
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Millenium Development Goals (2000 - 2015)
In 2008 the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) launched a programme centred on the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The “together we can change our world” Global Action Theme (GAT) raises awareness of the MDGs throughout our international Movement and supports our Member Organizations’ projects on development issues.
The theme calls on members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them and help to achieve the MDGs. Since 2008, WAGGGS, its Member Organizations and girls and young women globally worked to help achieve the MDGs, through innovative community action projects, non-formal education programmes and advocacy work. The programme delivers education about the MDGs, and enables and empowers girls and young women to speak out and change the world around them.
One of the key educational resources produced to support the GAT is the GAT Badge Curriculum for girls and young women aged 5 to 24 years of age. Developed with seed funding from the UN Millennium Campaign, it encompasses an activity pack of over 100 exciting and informative activities.
WAGGGS has also released non-formal education activity packs on each of the eight MDGs, you can find them here.
Over the past eight years, GAT programming has been implemented in at least 100 countries. Since its launch in English, French and Spanish, the Badge Curriculum has also been translated into at least 16 other languages including Arabic, Russian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Danish and Chinese.
Take action with the Global Action Theme
Get involved in global action to end poverty with the Millennium Development Goals through WAGGGS' Global Action ThemeDownload the badge curriculum