People coming together have power to change!

In 2015, world leaders agreed on 17 goals for a better world by 2030. The 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is a commitment to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. It is a commitment to achieve sustainable development for ALL - leaving no one behind! 

To make the global goals a reality, everyone needs to take action! Through civil society, people around the world are fighting to reach the goals. We raise awareness about this ambitious commitment, we implement the goals by supporting people to claim their rights and we hold governments accountable for their promise.

Agenda 2030 is an agenda of the people, by the people, and for the people – and this, we believe, will ensure its success. We celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Global Goals by showing the strength of civil society and how people coming together have the power to change. 

Get engaged – and make the Global Goals a reality!


Women have the power to change

Global goal 5 is about achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Women have the power to change - especially if they have seats in the government!

2017 was a praiseworthy year for women in Kenyan politics - making new political records! The number of seats held by women in the national parliament increased to the highest level in history and for the first time women were elected as governors and senators. 

Together with local partners, Forum Syd encourages active participation of women and young women in the decision-making processes at all levels of politics in Kenya. Through mentorships, capacity-building and workshops we challenge negative attitudes about gender equality, and towards women as leaders.

With the progress of the 2017 election, Kenya has only reached a first milestone on the road to achieving the goal of gender equality in the country’s leadership. 

It's time to speed up and achieve gender equality by 2030!

Women build sustainable peace

Global goal 16 is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies. Women have the power to create lasting peace in Colombia!

In the end of 2016, the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla was finally signed. During the negotiations, women played a vital role and placed issues concerning equality, gender and sustainable development on the agenda. The agreement, which includes a gender approach in all its chapters, has created a historical opportunity for peace-building and sustainable development in the country.

The Colombian peace agreement is one first step on the road to peace, but it needs to be translated into actions. Together with local partners, Forum Syd encourages women’s organisations to engage in peace-building, promote equality issues and work towards a more inclusive, sustainable and peaceful community.

There are still many obstacles left to overcome in order to effectively achieve an inclusive, just and sustainable Colombia. We must continue to ensure that the voices of women are being heard. Colombian women have the power to create change!

Local communities build resilience

Global goal 13 is about taking urgent action to combat climate change. In Cambodia, local communities work to strengthen climate change resilience to take charge of their own future.

In recent years, an increasing number of Cambodian farmers have altered their farming cycle and adapted to the ongoing climate changes, fish stocks have increased by local fishery resources development initiatives and the Cambodian youth is growing more committed to protecting their environment.

With small margins and by being dependent on the environment for their livelihood, local communities in Cambodia are still vulnerable to changes in the environment. Together with local partners, Forum Syd encourages local communities to engage in environmental capacity building and provide tools and education concerning natural resource management, gender and human rights.

Making efforts to empower local women, men and children to strengthen climate change resilience is crucial for long term sustainable development. It enables more people to adapt to environmental changes and take charge of their own future.