In 2000, the United Nations developed a set of eight wide-ranging goals to address extreme poverty and promote equality worldwide. Each of these Millennium Development Goals established an aggressive target to be met by the year 2015, and every U.N. Member State joined in signing these important MDGs.
Today, the world has seen great progress across each of the core focus areas. On September 25th, 2015, all 192 Member States of the U.N. General Assembly signed a new set of seventeen goals. These new Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs – seek to further the tremendous gains made worldwide in stamping out poverty and injustice.
As co-founder of Water.org, Matt Damon has an abiding belief in the importance of international development, and sees immense value in Sustainable Development Goal #6, which seeks to ensure access to "clean water and sanitation for all."
By making SDG #6 a priority, and by working together with those in need to improve access to these basic necessities, we can provide a foundation on which to build truly sustainable development, and eliminate poverty “in all its forms, everywhere.”
Learn more about the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals in the video below, and do your part by sharing Matt’s message for development with friends and family around the world.