The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals that come into force in January 2016 represent a remarkable achievement. 193 UN member states have agreed on a new, universal set of goals and targets that they will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.
Our special feature this issue focuses on this ‘plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’. Guest edited by Heather Grady, Bhekinkosi Moyo and Sevdalina Rukanova, the articles sketch out mechanisms for collaboration on the SDGs or highlight work foundations already do that parallels the SDGs. But they also identify some of the challenges that lie ahead in implementing the Goals, including the cost – estimated to be between $3,5 trillion and $5 trillion each year.
Meanwhile, we also launch our first Alliance exclusive survey. We’ve polled philanthropy leaders and foundation staff from all over the world to capture their views on the SDGs. We will survey our readers once a quarter, to develop a database of opinions and support our opinion articles with data.
This issue also includes our first beneficiary interview. We speak to four teenage girls who are beneficiaries of and final decision‑makers over who will benefit from $1 million in With and For Girls (WFG) grants, sponsored by eight foundations. Plus Cathy Pharoah writes on the need for greater investment in research, while Laura Abrahams Schulz reports on progress made through the US Stand with Civil Society initiative.
There is a huge depth and breadth of content in this issue. We hope you enjoy reading it and welcome your feedback.