From Seun Akioye in New York
As leaders across the world gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Goalkeepers Events, one of the most anticipated side event of the UNGA will open at the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Tuesday evening with the Goalkeepers awards.
Promoted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the yearly event is dedicated to accelerating progress towards 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.
Each year, the Goalkeepers Data report, published by BMGF co-chairs, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates tracks progress on 18 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, highlighting innovations and examples of progress while also sounding a note of warning when necessary.
The 2023 report titles “Imagine a World” presents a scenario where progress toward the Global Goals is slow and, in some cases, backwards, and imagine a world with a more hopeful vision for the future.
The report also highlighted seven innovations that could prove vital in reducing maternal mortality rate in the world. “ By making new innovations accessible to those who need them most, 2 million additional lives could be saved by 2030—and 6.4 million lives by 2040,” the report says.
This year, an array of change makers, policy makers, governments and agencies will be on hand to speak at the event. Among these include: David Oyelowo, actor and filmmaker, Yetunde Ayo-Oyelowo, Founder Market Doctors, Bosede Afolabi, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Lagos (CMUL), Lagos, Nigeria, the co-chairs of BMGF etc.