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Global Alliance Succeeds In Shaping Sustainable Development Goals

Amazing things can happen when we work together as a global alliance.

The agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was just adopted, entitled “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” reflects input from our multi-year campaign to ensure that the issue of toxic pollution is adequately addressed.

Thank you to all involved.

As the issue of chemicals, waste and toxic pollution is critical to many elements of sustainable development, including poverty, health, environment and green economic growth, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) and its members launched a coordinated worldwide effort to convey our message to key decision-makers working on the SDGs.

Our efforts began soon after the 2012 international agreement to come up with a new agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Over following two years, we attended and convened numerous meetings, and presented at 18 international events, reaching out to country delegates, international agencies, NGOs, academia, organizations and other stakeholders.

In 2014, we launched the successful #SpotlightPollution campaign. Within two weeks, GAHP secured support from a variety of government agencies, NGOs, academia and donors, including 38 different agencies/organizations from 25 countries. In total, 19 government agencies from 19 countries sent verbal, email or physical letters of support to GAHP. As a result, the target related to air pollution under the Health SDG was broadened to include water and soil pollution/contamination.

Our voices have been heard. Thank you to all GAHP members and supporters, including Pure Earth, the World Bank, UNDP, GIZ, the Ministery of Environment of Germany, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the U.S. Department of State, and many, many others.

Our work is not done however. GAHP is continuing to provide input to the current process of refining the indicators for the SDGs.  This is a critical next step in the SDG process as it determines how nations measure progress towards the goals of reducing deaths from pollution.

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