They specifically urged states and governments to implement the new Global Goals which seek to end poverty, inequality and tackle climate change.
“The world is getting better. In 1990, almost 13 million children died, almost all of them from preventable causes. This number has dropped by more than half. And the rate of improvement is actually increasing. In Sub Saharan Africa, for example, child mortality is going down five times faster now than it was 20 years ago,”Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said ahead of the summit that adopted the SDGs in New York.
“One reason for this progress is that the MDGs helped align the world behind a few key priorities. The SDGs are our best chance to build on this momentum and help the poorest keep building better futures,” she added.
In Kenya, Save the Children Campaign Manager Bill Kembo urged ordinary people to also come forward in supporting their governments address poverty.
According to Kembo only through commitment to implement that the 17 SDGs that will benefit people.
“We all came together to #LightTheWay and call on leaders to turn the Goals from words on paper into real change.
To do this, world leaders must make bold commitments at the UNGA to implement the Goals” added Kembo.
Meanwhile, the Global Compact Network Kenya has commended UN General Assembly for adopting the 17 SDGs that now replaces MDGs.
“The global goals will provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world laying out where we collectively need to go and how to get there.” said Network Representative and KAM Chief Executive, Phyllis Wakiaga.
In her view the 17 goals have encapsulated an important framework that will address poverty, inequality, injustice and the protection of the planet over the next 15 years.
“The Global Compact Kenya is dedicated to translating the SDGs for businesses locally and helping companies understand how they can leverage these goals to drive good practices and growth opportunities,” she added.
She further emphasised on the need for an inclusive approach which engages private sector players closely to ensure a comprehensive approach that will support implementation of the 17 goals.