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Global goals: the most important thing in the world?

Sightsavers, September 2015

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This September, world leaders are meeting in New York at the UN General Assembly to set global goals for the next 15 years.

But in all their talk of sustainable goals, global development, targets and poverty, it’s important that they remember one thing: this is about people.

People who stand to gain – or lose – an awful lot, depending on whether politicians agree to make their inclusion a priority.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be sharing images and quotes from people with disabilities in developing countries who’ve been empowered to transform their lives – and others who still feel trapped, isolated and invisible. Will you help us show as many people as possible why we should demand inclusion for all people, by sharing the stories on Facebook and Twitter?

We’re starting with Anuradha (below), whose story is a brilliant example of how inclusion can take someone from a life of stifled potential to one of fulfilment and participation.

It’s time for our leaders to commit to a fairer, more inclusive world. Let’s make sure that when they meet in New York, the people who hold the most power remember those who currently hold the least power, and do something about that inequality.

An illuminated sign that reads 'End inequality' is held up amid the darkness at the Light the Way event in London.

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