About Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Global Goals.

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to achieve a better world by 2030. 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.

Progress is possible, but it is not inevitable. Despite remarkable advances in the fight against poverty, inequality, and disease, the job is far from finished.

Goalkeepers is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Global Goals: using powerful stories, data, and partnerships to highlight progress achieved, hold governments accountable and bring together a new generation of leaders to address the world’s major challenges.

The inaugural Goalkeepers event in 2017 hosted a diverse group of leaders. Speakers, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and Malala Yousafzai, shared their stories of bold leadership and innovative solutions that are driving progress on the Global Goals.

In 2018, Goalkeepers focused on youth population growth that will affect future world progress. If countries invest in the health and education of their young people, we will unlock productivity and innovation, cut poverty, and generate further prosperity. But if we ignore young people’s potential, we risk jeopardizing the progress that has been made – going backwards on gender equity, political stability, health outcomes, and economic prosperity.

Who are Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers are leaders who take a stand on the issues they care about and innovate in their communities to achieve the Global Goals. We need people everywhere to raise their voices, help build awareness of the Global Goals, and hold their government leaders accountable for progress.

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Advisory Board

Our first-ever Advisory Board is comprised of ten members who represent a diverse range of countries. They provide strategic advice and work to expand the reach and network of Goalkeepers.

Learn more about these ten outstanding leaders.


Accelerators are a key part of Goalkeepers. They bring together partners from different sectors around common agendas for action, seeking to catalyze investments, expertise, and innovation to drive further progress towards the Global Goals.

Learn more about the accelerators
Global Goals Awards

In September 2019, Goalkeepers presented the fourth annual Global Goals Awards. These awards tell the extraordinary stories of remarkable individuals taking action to bring the Global Goals to life and help achieve them by 2030.

Learn more about the awards