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Global Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the goals and directly contributes to achieving them.

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Sightsavers' work directly contributes to the SDGs aiming to end extreme poverty and combat climate change.

We are working together – and changing the world.

Nearly all the countries in the world have promised to radically improve the state of our planet and the lives of its citizens by 2030.

They’ve committed themselves to a wide range of life-changing goals, which include ending extreme hunger and poverty, giving people better health and education, achieving equality for women and girls, and delivering greater fairness in the way the world economy works.

It’s heartening to see efforts to ensure the participation of people with disabilities in working towards the SDGs.
Anuradha Pareek, disability advocate
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Sightsavers and the Global Goals

We’re working towards a world where everyone has access to health care (Goals 1 and 3); where there’s no gender or disability discrimination (Goals 5, 10 and 16); where neglected tropical diseases have been eliminated (Goals 3 and 6); and where every child can access education (Goal 4).

We’re aiming for a world where no one is left behind (Goals 4, 8, 11 and 16).

We work in partnership (Goal 17) with local, national and international organisations to bring about change: from small self-help groups set up by and for people with disabilities, to government departments in the UK and developing countries, to multilaterals like the World Bank and funders like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

How we’re working towards the Global Goals

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Our Equal World campaign calls for the UN and its member states to uphold disability rights. Join us!
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Eliminating NTDs

We have ambitious plans to eliminate trachoma, river blindness and other neglected tropical diseases.
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Disability rights

We work on making health care, education and employment opportunities available to everyone.
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The SDGs are a huge opportunity to address the challenges of inequality and protect our shared global environment.
Andrew Griffiths, Sightsavers
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More about the Global Goals

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The UK Voluntary National Review: making progress or missing opportunities?

We welcome the UK using its VNR to reiterate its commitment to sustainable development, but we want to see more of an emphasis on listening to the voices of marginalised people.

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Sightsavers blog

The Inclusive Data Charter: one year on

The Charter's approach is simple: signatories decide the action they are going to take to ensure the data they collect and use includes disability.

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Sightsavers blog

How Pakistan is keeping disability inclusion on the SDG agenda

Over two years, Sightsavers in Pakistan worked with strategic stakeholders and national partners to develop a voluntary national review report that focused on disability.

We believe all people with disabilities should have the chance to learn, earn and be happy. Do you?

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