Goalkeepers 2023: Nurturing Hope for a Brighter World


NEW YORK, USA, Sep 19 – The much-anticipated Goalkeepers event is making its return to the vibrant city of New York on September 19 and 20, perfectly timed alongside the 78th UN General Assembly.

This year, the gathering offers a frank assessment of the current state of the world, where progress toward achieving the Global Goals has faced hurdles and, in some respects, regression. Yet, it also extends an invitation to all participants to envision a world radiating with optimism and promise.

Goalkeepers is dedicated to expediting advancements in the Global Goals by leveraging compelling narratives, data-driven insights, and strategic partnerships. It serves as a platform to spotlight the achievements thus far and assemble a diverse cadre of leaders committed to addressing humanity’s most formidable challenges.

Ahead of this annual event, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released a poignant message in the Goalkeepers 2023 report: “If there’s one thing you take away from this report, we hope it’s hope itself—the belief that the world can save the lives of 1,000 more mothers and babies every day through the end of the decade.”

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“But you should also know: It’s not a done deal. Those lives will be saved only if all mothers and babies have access to both quality health care services and the innovations we wrote about in this report,” the report states.

Adding, “We need policy changes, political will, more investment into women’s health, and healthcare workers—including midwives. We need to listen to what women want and ensure that women have a say in their own healthcare. And ultimately, we need to commit together that we no longer accept preventable deaths of mothers and babies around the world.”

The world, the report states, has come so far so quickly in our understanding of how to save the most fragile lives. Together, we can translate that knowledge into tangible progress.”

Goalkeepers 2023 boasts an illustrious lineup of attendees, including the esteemed hosts Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They have played pivotal roles in advancing global health and development initiatives.

Also expected are a diverse array of influential individuals, each contributing their unique perspectives and expertise to the event:

Bosede Afolabi: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Nwamaka Agbo: CEO of the Kataly Foundation and Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund.

Belinda Becker-Goffee: DJ and artistic talent.

Sabrina Elba: CEO, Model, and Activist.

Cynthia Erivo: Accomplished Actress, Singer, Author, and Producer.

Cicely Fadel: Neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, and Newborn Health Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Femme Fatale: Innovative Dance Company.

Kathryn Finney: Founder & Managing General Partner at Genius Guild.

Hadiza Shehu Galadanci: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Africa Center of Excellence of Population Health and Policy at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.

Phoebe Gates: Global Health Activist.

Hot 8 Brass Band: Musical Ensemble.

Rasa Izadnegahdar: Director of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Discovery and Tools at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fyezah Jehan: Associate Professor and Chair at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.

Karlie Kloss: Founder of Kode With Klossy & Entrepreneur.

Sallie Krawcheck: CEO and Co-founder of Ellevest.

Padma Lakshmi: Author, Host, and Executive Producer.

Zara Larsson: Acclaimed Artist and Songwriter.

Loyiso Madinga: Host and Comedian.

Yusra Mardini: Olympian and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Artina McCain: Concert Pianist and Professor.

Eva Nangalo: Dedicated Midwife.

Yetunde Ayo Oyalowo: Founder of Market Doctor.

David Oyelowo: Accomplished Filmmaker.

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi: Executive Vice-President at the African Center for Economic Transformation.

Abby Phillip: Anchor and Senior Political Correspondent at CNN.

Minister David Moinina Sengeh: Chief Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in Sierra Leone.

Lilly Singh: Eminent Entertainer, Storyteller, and Gender Equality Advocate.

Titilope Sonuga: Celebrated Poet.

Mark Suzman: CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Hamdi Ulukaya: Founder & CEO of Chobani, Founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, and SDG Advocate.

Elaine Welteroth: Respected Journalist & NYT Bestselling Author.

Nuseir Yassin: Founder and CEO of Nas Company and Nas Studios.

With such a diverse and influential roster, Goalkeepers 2023 promises to be a dynamic platform for insightful discussions and collaborative efforts to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The event aligns with the spirit of the UN General Assembly, where global leaders convene to work towards a better future for all.

Source: capitalfm