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Girls at the heart of the Global Goals

World leaders have committed to leaving no one behind in the efforts to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This means delivering equality for girls by 2030.

Securing rights and justice for young women and girls, particularly in terms of their education, their sexual and reproductive health, and their freedom from fear and violence, has the power to transform lives, communities and nations.

The Global Goals cannot be realised without a specific focus on achieving equality for girls. And girls’ voices must be heard if we’re to achieve the Goals by 2030. 

The Global Festival of Ideas

The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, held in Bonn, Germany, between 1 - 3 March 2017 brought together over 1000 people working towards achieving the Global Goals. The event aimed to inspire new solutions to the challenges we all face in creating a just and equal world for all.

Plan International delegates aim to ensure policy-makers keep Global Goal 5 on gender equality at the top of their agenda.

Our CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, delivered a well-received speech about girls' rights at the festival.

Other attendees included Plan International staff from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Bangladesh, responsible for supporting the Global Goals’ successful implementation in their countries.

Advancing the Global Goals for girls

Read about how Plan International is working with girls and young women to achieve the Global Goals:


We see girls' participation in the decisions that affect their lives as central to achieving our vision of a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

To deliver on this ambition, Because I am a Girl is supporting a youth-led global movement for girls’ rights.

Developing the leadership capacity of girls in particular will help them to secure better livelihoods and better health, create the leaders of tomorrow, and a generation capable of delivering future change.