Signatories from the worlds of arts, culture, sports, philanthropy and civil society include J.J. Abrams, Bono, Danny Boyle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Curtis, Idris Elba, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Jennifer Garner, Bob Geldof, Bear Grylls, Ashley Judd, Spike Lee, Blake Lively, Chris Martin, David Miliband, Jamie Oliver, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and Pharrell Williams.
‘We are in an emergency for people and planet – the solution to which is the Global Goals – the historic plan to defeat poverty, fix inequality and combat the climate crisis.
‘These 20 activists and 2,000 supporters represent the universal and indivisible nature of the Goals – and the passion from all sides that 2020 must be a transformative, radical year for change and progress and new finance – for people and planet.
‘In 2020, leaders will be watched by people all around the world who expect them to deliver dramatically. It’s also a clear commitment that this diverse and deeply committed group will themselves press hard throughout this crucial year to kickstart a Decade of Action for the Goals.’
SDG Advocate, screenwriter and co-founder of Project Everyone
Innovation, finance and action
The open letter has been issued to highlight the need for immediate action, including at key 2020
moments, if the world is to meet the Global Goals.
It demands sustained innovation, financing and action over the crucial decade ahead to 2030.
Recent reports underline the need for swift action; at least half the global population does not have access to essential health services, hunger is on the rise after a prolonged decline and
at the current rate of progress, it will take almost 100 years to close the global gender gap.
Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions are reaching record levels and key ecosystems are on the verge of collapse, with one million species in near-term danger of extinction.
The open letter is accompanied by a public campaign asking citizens to show their support by sharing the letter and to join this effort for people and planet by using #GlobalGoals.