Action in 2015: Why now?

Child Health Now and World Vision have joined 1200 organisations for #Action2015 -- the movement for people and planet to urge our global leaders in the critical year of 2015 to make decisions that will determine a better future. 

Your voice is crucial to #Action2015. Join us to advocate for the future of our children and our world.

Why we need action

The world is off track for ending poverty, tackling inequality and avoiding dangerous climate change. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We have the tools, knowledge and resources to fix some of our greatest challenges

We’ve already made progress. The last 15 years (2000-2014) have been momentous in fighting global poverty -- achievements have been made which have halved extreme poverty rates, cut preventable child deaths by nearly 50 per cent and made real progress in protecting the ozone layer.

The world has come together to make a difference from campaigning on issues such as the right to access antiretroviral medications for treatment of HIV infection to childhood immunizations to protecting the environment. When ordinary people take action together, we can achieve extraordinary things. 

Why now?

2015 is a critical year for people and planet. Two crucial UN summits towards the end of the year will offer the opportunity to bring about impactful change.

One summit in September will result in new global goals following the work of the MDGs, and a framework to end all forms of poverty, discrimination, and inequality will be decided. The other summit in December will set new climate action targets – a crucial step towards a safer planet. These commitments taken together should lay the foundation for addressing the world’s most pressing challenges in the next 15 years. 

So 2015 is the year we need to let world leaders know that we’re watching them, and to tell them exactly what we want them to do.

We stand at the turning point for the future of people and the planet. We must accelerate action and leave no individual or country behind. What happens in 2015 will make a huge difference to our future.

What are we calling for?

In September 2015, world leaders will convene in New York to agree what needs to be done to end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle environmental destruction.  In Paris, in December, they will come together again to agree a new climate agreement with the potential to secure a safer planet.

The decisions made at these two gatherings will help shape the fate of the next generation and many more to come. So it’s vital that these plans are as ambitious as possible. We need leaders to step up to the challenge and make the right decisions.

Together, as a global movement of citizens, we will raise our voice throughout the year for the generations of tomorrow.

What we can achieve if we take action in 2015

In 2015 we can start along our journey towards a better world. #Action2015 is about everyone getting involved. Throughout 2015, the campaign will provide ways for everyone everywhere to get involved in influencing the outcomes of these global debates that could achieve:

  • An end to poverty in all its forms;
  • The meeting of fundamental rights, tackling inequality and discrimination;
  • An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy;
  • A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable.

How to join the movement

Visit Action2015.org and share the letter and watch the video

Follow @action2015 @WorldVision and @ChildHealthNow on Twitter to stay connected to opportunities right now to use your voice for change. 

"Like" Child Health Now on Facebook to improve your knowledge daily on issues related to child health and ending global poverty. We will #StopAtNothing until there is zero poverty. 

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