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NGO Miracle Foundation Raises over Rs 650,000 with Global Citizen Festival in India

The total funds collected will be used for providing education opportunities and scholarships to orphaned children in India

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New Delhi, November 16, 2016: Miracle Foundation, a NGO based here and in the US, in partnership with the Global Citizen Festival has raised over Rs 6.5 lakhs through online crowdfunding agency Ketto, to benefit orphaned children.

Several hundred campaigners have created fundraiser pages for Miracle Foundation India on the Ketto platform with 210 donors having contributed to the total collected fund of Rs 6,80,556 so far, with the highest donor amount on a single fundraiser page being Rs 3,93,501.

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The total funds collected at the end of this online crowdfunding campaign will be used for providing education opportunities and scholarships to orphaned children in India through the NGO’s programmes.

Kunal Kapoor, co-founder, Ketto, said in a statement: “We are happy that we were able to make a difference and raise funds through our online crowdfunding campaign. We are overwhelmed with the response received from the donors who have contributed generously for this great cause. The money will be used towards uplifting the lives of orphaned children in India.”

The dedicated crowdfunding was launched as an initiative for raising funds directly for Global Citizen India’s partner NGOs and to offer participants the chance to earn free Global Citizen Festival India tickets.

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The first 50 Global Citizen campaigners to raise Rs 50,000 on their page for the Miracle Foundation were awarded four free tickets each to the Global Citizen India Festival, where performers like Coldplay and Jay Z will take to the stage in Mumbai on Saturday.

Responding to the success of the crowdfunding campaign, Caroline Boudreaux, founder of Miracle Foundation, said: “We are committed to bringing life-changing care for children without parental care in India, and empowering them to reach their full potential.”

The Global Citizen Festival India is Global Citizen India’s first initiative, which brings together youth with leaders from across private industry, government, and non-governmental, community and religious organisations to amplify the voice of young people and hold leaders accountable to drive positive change.

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The format will be a celebration of change-makers from across rural and urban India, performances by leading artists, inspirational speeches, short films and most importantly commitments from government, business leaders and civil society in support of India’s leadership role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (IANS)

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UN: Government Must Accelerate Investments in Key Areas to Meet Global Development Goals

Mitigating the effects of climate change is at the top of an ambitious To Do list. In addition to the SDG summit, the U.N. will host a climate summit in September

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FILE - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, left, addresses the Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa, Aug. 10, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. VOA

The U.N. Deputy Secretary-General said Wednesday that with 10 years to go to meet ambitious global development targets, governments must accelerate and expand investment in key areas if they are to succeed.

“There have been investments made in jobs, in education, health,” Amina Mohammed told VOA at a side event for a stocktaking session on the goals, which began this week at U.N. headquarters and will continue until July 18. “[But] we aren’t putting those investments in fast enough or in the numbers we need to see.”

Mohammed, a development expert from Nigeria, who as deputy U.N. chief oversees the 17 targets known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said that four years since they were launched, they are not yet on course to be met by the 2030 deadline.

“I would say that there isn’t one that would be on track at this stage,” she said. “But I think that in every sense of it, because they are an integrated whole, that there is a lot of scope for us catching up, and in the next decade really put emphasis on the action that needs to happen and the scale at which it needs to bring collaborations and partnerships together.”

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The 17 goals seek to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, while boosting education, jobs, health care and fighting climate change — just to name a few. Wikimedia Commons

17 goals

The 17 goals seek to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, while boosting education, jobs, health care and fighting climate change — just to name a few.

The SDGs are not just about lifting up poor countries, prosperous ones also have some catching up to do. Mohammed pointed to the quality of education, healthcare and gender inequalities as areas where developed nations need to do better.

She acknowledged there are “huge challenges ahead,” but she sees the period between now and 2030 as a potential decade of action’ where gaps can be closed and progress accelerated if momentum, investment and cooperation can be sustained and expanded.

Next week, some 80 ministers are expected in New York to share what they have been doing to advance the goals. These meetings are a prelude to a two-day September SDG summit that will take place on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

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Mitigating the effects of climate change is at the top of an ambitious To Do list. In addition to the SDG summit, the U.N. will host a climate summit in September. Wikimedia Commons

Climate change tops list

Mitigating the effects of climate change is at the top of an ambitious To Do list. In addition to the SDG summit, the U.N. will host a climate summit in September.

The progress report on the SDGs out this week warns that if record-high greenhouse gas emissions are not cut now, the effects will be catastrophic and irreversible, affecting the oceans, agriculture and food production, the ecosystem, and could even leave parts of the planet uninhabitable, displacing tens of millions of people as early as 2050. Failure to curb global warming  also will be disastrous for achieving the other 16 goals.

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But Mohammed is optimistic on this front, noting the involvement of the world’s youth in pressing their governments for climate action. And she dismissed the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord saying that more countries are on board than not.

“The voices have been very loud in that we don’t have time to lose,” Mohammed said. “And we’ve been showing how you can get involved, individually and collectively on the climate agenda.” (VOA)