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Progress  is  Possible  But not inevitable

Our Mission

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 make progress toward ending poverty and fighting inequality.


Goalkeepers is dedicated to accelerating progress toward the Global Goals: using powerful stories, data, and partnerships to highlight progress achieved, and bring together a diverse range of leaders to address the world’s major challenges.

A Better 2030. By the Numbers.

The 2020 Data

We’ve Been Set Back About 25 Years in 25 Weeks

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In 2020, we looked at the damage the pandemic has done and argued for a collaborative response. There is no such thing as a national solution to a global crisis.

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The 2018 Data

Decades of Progress May Be on the Verge of Stalling

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In 2018, we argued that if current trends continue, the number of poor people in the world will stop falling—and could even start to rise.

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The 2021 Data

Progress on the Global Goals Is Still Possible, but Not Inevitable

Dr. Onyimbo Kerama, Lead Consultant and Executive Director at Motire Occupational Health and Safety Solutions uses the LumiraDx diagnostic instrument to test for COVID-19 in Thika, Kenya. (August 28, 2021)

Last year, we feared the worst when it came to the Global Goals. But even amid the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen that hope can grow from seeds planted years earlier.

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The 2019 Data

Examining Inequality Across Geography and Gender

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In 2019, we introduced new high-resolution data showing that where you are born is more predictive of your future than any other factor.

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The 2017 Data

Investments to Fight Poverty and Disease Have a Huge Impact

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In 2017, we launched our inaugural Goalkeepers Report. We shared the stories behind child and maternal mortality, family planning, HIV, and financial services for poor communities.

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President Emmanuel Macron speaking at the 2018 Goalkeepers event

Goals  to  Improve  the  World 

In 2015, member states of the United Nations agreed upon 17 Global Goals to create a more sustainable future for all. The Goalkeepers community is working toward ending extreme poverty and hunger and improving healthy living, education, gender equality, access to clean water and sanitation.

Learn about the Global Goals