Across two days, we heard speakers including President Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates, Prime Minister Trudeau, will.i.am, Malala, Stephen Fry, George The Poet and Queen Rania telling stories, revealing solutions, highlighting champions, both famous and unknown, and announcing a set of unique accelerators that will save and change lives around the world.

We will be sharing the best stories, speeches and solutions from the event over the coming days here and across our social channels. In the meantime, here are some ways you can play your part and be a Goalkeeper:

1. Catch up on the event by watching the full streamed event right here.

2. Share your reactions to #Goalkeepers17 across social media.

3. Read The Goalkeepers Report, an annual progress check revealing new data and exploring the stories behind it. Find out where we’re making progress and what we can do better.

4. Read about the winners of the second annual Global Goals Awards, which took place on September 19, in partnership with UNICEF. The awards celebrated success stories from around the world and were a chance to recognize some truly extraordinary individuals, in front of an audience of people who can help make this change happen more quickly.

5. Show your support by creating your own Goalkeeper avatar.


To set the context for the Goalkeepers17 event, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have launched The Goalkeepers Report.

This annual progress check, which will be published each year until 2030, will be key in accelerating progress in the fight against poverty. The report will help to diagnose urgent problems, identify promising solutions, measure and interpret key results and spread best practice in key development areas.

To bring the data to life, the report tells the stories behind the numbers – shining a light on the leaders, innovations and policies that have made the difference.

Discover the stories behind the data.

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“Armed with an understanding of how many challenges humanity has overcome so far, you’re inspired to do whatever you can to help solve today’s problems and prevent tomorrow’s.”  Bill Gates

Extreme poverty has been cut in half, millions of children’s lives have been saved and people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.

Watch the film below to see more about the progress that has been made over the past few decades, and the challenges that can be addressed if we successfully achieve the Global Goals.

It is vital that this momentum doesn’t stop. We are at a critical time, where brave choices need to be made if we want to achieve the Global Goals by 2030.



9.00am Welcome to Goalkeepers with Isha Sesay
9.10am Still I Rise: The Power of Women’s Movements- Melinda Gates Featuring Leymah Gbowee, Laurel Weldon, Nick Kristof, Bina Maseno, Malala Yousafzai, Gulalai Ismail, Rotimi Olawale
10.05am Great Expectations: Technology with a Purpose- Stephen Fry Featuring Dr Astro Teller, HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, will.i.am, Jerome Jarre, Casey Neistat and Juanpa Zurita
11.20am Melinda Gates in conversation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
11.40am The Heart of the Matter: Is the World Getting Better- Bill Gates Featuring Jenny Hu, Morgan Fowler, Dr Tom Ellman, Raj Panjabi, Trevor Noah
12.40pm Keynote address President Barack Obama
2.45pm Now the Goalkeepers: The ABC guide to achieving the Global Goals Featuring opening remarks from HM Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan and a panel discussion What’s Changing about Changing the World? with Dr Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Vittorio Colao and Dr Denis Mukwege

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