The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly formally began on 15 September 2015 – and this year is different and unique. This year, the world comes together to say goodbye to the eight Millennium Development Goals which were adopted in 1990 for 15 years, and say hello to the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which will set the new global development agenda for the entire world from now until 2030.

Much can be said about the MDGs and whether or not they succeeded in what they set out to do – we’ve seen great success stories, and notable failures. We’ve learned about setting targets and defining indicators, and we’ve understood the importance of ensuring that we don’t only focus on countries reaching certain thresholds and targets, but also pay attention to whether their progress and development is even and equal and reaches those who are most in need, and often the hardest to reach.

Girls’ Globe will be present at UNGA with our key partners, FHI360, Johnson & Johnson, and Women Deliver, focusing particularly on events, discussions and issues pertaining to girls and women. We will be covering panels, workshops, talks, events and roundtables live via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and our online magazine – and our passionate bloggers will be delivering fresh and carefully curated news and information to you straight from the heart of the action. Make sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of what’s happening!

We also want to hear from you – what do you think was good about the MDGs, and what should have been done better? Are the current proposed SDGs better – and particularly, are girls and women represented in them strongly enough? Tweet to us, message us, or send us a video – and raise your voice!

Throughout the week, follow #GlobalGoalsLive and sign up to the Daily Deliveries for live coverage of key conversations and presentations related to women’s and children’s health and rights at the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

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