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Many nations have already met some of the health-related SDG targets as of 2016, but more work remains to be done, according to a new scientific study analyzing the world’s progress toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This paper’s publication in the international medical journal The Lancet coincides with the release of a report at the United Nations General Assembly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data is the foundation’s first annual progress report on the SDGs and was produced in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

In conjunction with the BMGF report, a Goalkeepers event will take place at 9 am ET on Wednesday, September 20. The event will bring together speakers from around the world—including former US president Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates—and focus on ways we can drive more progress in health and development. A partial list of speakers is available here, and we will be livestreaming the event from the foundation’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. A number of events, including BMGF's Goalkeepers, will take place in parallel to the opening of the 72nd session of the UNGA, including Global Goals Week 2017 – a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.