This weekend, leaders from around the world descended on New York City as the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development. But as ONE members, you were there, too! Whether you joined our team in Manhattan for the big events, or you signed our petitions, shared a #strengthie on social media, or followed along with coverage on our social channels, we took you with us every step of the way.
It all started on Thursday, as the Under One Sky events popped up in 70 countries across the globe! They kicked off in Australia, lit up the night in India, packed the Millennium Bridge in London, gathered 5,000 candles in Brussels, and cheered the Goals in Sao Paulo. Thousands of you joined these events—thank you! Relive it all by reading the Storify post that gathered tweets, images, and photos from the events.
Finally, at 6 p.m. at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City, you helped us #LightTheWay at the Under One Sky event right outside the United Nations. We joined together in song and watched as beautiful light displays reminded us all of the aim of the Global Goals!
— ONE (@ONECampaign) September 25, 2015
Then, it was the BIG DAY. We watched the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly along with you as Pope Francis provided inspirational opening remarks, as Malala Yousafzai stood with young men and women from around the world, as our friends at action/2015 aired an awesome video of the #LightTheWay events, and of course, as the U.N. Assembly adopted the Global Goals. ONE Youth Ambassador Phil Reed and ONE staff member Violaine Tardieu were there in the room, so you were there, too!
Time to party! On Saturday night, celebrities, musicians, activists, and of course, YOU all celebrated the gaveling of the Goals with the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. ONE members were there, campaigning and listening to the music. We live-blogged the show, so whether you got to see Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, and Pearl Jam in person, or you were watching the livestream at home, we all stood as ONE to celebrate the goals.
It’s hard to pick a favorite part, but we think you’ll agree it was AMAZING to see First Lady Michelle Obama launch the #62MillionGirls campaign and share in our Poverty is Sexist campaign. ONE co-founder Bono took the stage to introduce Malala Yousafzai and four other girls, who launched a call for all the world’s children to receive 12 years of free quality education.
Together, this dynamic duo—along with ONE Youth Ambassador Kassandra Kate Ramey —delivered our Poverty is Sexist petition to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
— ONE (@ONECampaign) September 27, 2015
More than a million of you signed that petition—one of the biggest we’ve ever had. Every single one of you that signed it can feel proud, knowing that we made our voices heard!
Those actions weren’t the only huge ones launched this weekend! Also on Saturday, Bono and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg penned an op-ed for The New York Times calling for a commitment to provide Internet connectivity for all by 2020. It’s an ambitious and necessary goal, as we discussed on the ONE blog shortly after the announcement—and we can’t do it without you! Pledge your voice at connecttheworld.one.org and together, we can make universal internet access a reality.
The epic moments kept happening on Sunday, as President Obama addressed the United Nations. Not only did he pledge to work to achieve the goals even after his term as POTUS is done, but he responded to a letter from 15-year-old Eva Tolage from Tanzania that detailed the challenges of being a girl in Tanzania, as well as the challenges facing the world. The president’s response?
“And so today I say to Eva and hundreds of millions like you, we see you. We hear you. I’ve read your letter and we commit ourselves as nations as ONE world to the urgent work that must be done.”
Finally, to put an incredible cap on our year-long Poverty is Sexist campaign, ONE partnered with the Hudson Hotel in Manhattan to bring you a two-night display of YOUR #strengthies, projected onto the massive facade of the hotel!
Tens of thousands of you posted on social media; we told you we would take the #strengthies to New York, and we did! That awesome display continues tonight—so be sure to take your #strengthie if you want to see it projected in New York for all to see!
This weekend was one for the ages—and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support and your voice. You were there every step of the way. On our own, we can’t do much. But together, as ONE, we can be heard. Now, we’ll work toward achieving the Global Goals—and taking action to ensure our world leaders are doing the same. Together, we can end extreme poverty, injustice, and inequality!