ENDING poverty and inequality and tackling climate change were the goals of a protest march through the streets of London.
World Vision Ambassador from Havant, Sue Tinney, was one of more than 1,000 people on the march which aimed to put pressure on the government to adopt a series of ‘Global Goals’ being promoted by the United Nations.
Ms Tinney said the government needed to start listening to the public and take more positive steps to reverse climate change and end poverty.
She said: ‘I feel very strongly about the aims of the new Global Goals and the UK government’s responsibilities to bring about change.’
Human Rights Foundation president Bianca Jagger also spoke about the need for the goals to be adopted.
Ms Jagger said she had attended the march: ‘Because I passionately believe that the sustainable development goals have the power to change the world, but only if world leaders fully commit to them and ensure they are worth more than the paper they are written on.
‘If implemented correctly, they will save millions of lives as well as transforming the existence of men, women and children across the globe.’
Actor Naomie Harris also spoke at the event.
She said: ‘The Global Goals are the most ambitious plan to tackle poverty and inequality we have ever seen.
‘The goals are an incredible opportunity and we must not let it go to waste if we want to transform the world for the better – not only for our generation but the next.’
The Global Goals build upon the success of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals enacted in 2000, and focus on improving the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Child mortality has fallen from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015.
The number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015.