Prime Minister Davutoğlu sent a video message to Global Citizen Festival

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu sent a video message to Global Citizen Festival, which is organized every year by the Global Poverty Project, a movement of 8 million “global citizens”, supporting the United Nations’ mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.

The 2015 Global Citizen Festival was a key moment in a year-long campaign with many partners to support the announcement of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, adopted by 193 countries at the United Nations on Friday, September 25th. A process that G20 Turkish Presidency was an integral part of.

On the Great Lawn of Central Park, 60,000 global citizens were joined by world and business leaders at the Festival to celebrate the historic launch of the Global Goals and also to announce commitments that would kick-start their implementation. The project secured 5 billion total media impressions of the Festival and the 1-hour BBC special was broadcast in 160 countries. Here is a 2 minute recap video.

According to the impact report from this year’s Global Citizen Festival, in total 27 commitments were announced on poverty, education, girls and women, food and nutrition, and health that if implemented successfully will affect the lives of 92 million people.

Here is the message of Turkey, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu who committed to call on world leaders to deliver on reducing the gender gap by 25% over 10 years:

“Last year, world leaders … agreed to reduce the gap between men and women in the workforce by 25% over the next 10 years. As the Chair of G20 Antalya Summit in November, Turkey will call on world leaders to redouble their efforts to meet this ambitious goal and commit to monitor and report on the progress they are making to create a better life for girls and women. A new G20 engagement group – the Women-20 – will be dedicated specifically to improving gender empowerment. 

If we achieve our goal, 100 million more women will get access to fair and equal work around the world. Global citizens, Turkey has heard your voices loud and clear. I am calling on all G20 leaders to prioritize the needs of women in the workforce and society for a more peaceful, inclusive world.”