I am one person. I can see the future we want. I can also see the future that my children and my grandchildren will end up with if we do not take action. I can see the effect it has on our children’s mental and emotional health when they realize that we are not doing enough to create the future we want and the future they deserve. The United Nations has already put the strategic plan in place to achieve 17 remarkable goals by 2030. They will give my children and your children the world they deserve. They are beautiful goals. There is a 16-year-old from Sweden who has given her life to helping achieve 6 of them: 7,11,12,13,14 and 15 with SDG #13 her main focus: climate action. I pray for her protection.
The world has made the most progress in achieving a key part of SDG number 3: The End Of AIDS
The incidence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa (among adults aged 15 to 49) has declined by 37%
37.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV;
23.3 million (62%) have access to antiretroviral therapy;
In 2,000 only 250,000 had access to treatment
Treatment stops transmission
Treat all 37.9 million and we end AIDS
We’ve got this! And meeting this goal will prove that we have all it takes, the intelligence, the tools, the technology and the will to meet every goal. This is why I do what I do. This is why I sometimes do crazy things like cycle 50 km with an injured knee and aching joints. It is my responsibility and yours to give it all we’ve got to create the future they deserve.
I’m heading out for a bike ride!