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Dear editor:

On Sept. 25, 2018, thousands of individuals, organizations, and institutions across the globe are taking actions for the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

We have signed up at http://www.act4sdgs.org/register/ and joined the network, and want to encourage others to do the same.

Individuals and organizations can take action by viewing “The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World" or "UN Volunteering opportunities” at the UN Global Compact website.

To date, more than 1,025 organizations and individuals in 121 countries have joined the network in their effort to make the world a better place by working towards their own plans on how to implement their chosen goals while honouring the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

The Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope will be contributing towards four of the 17 goals, which are as follows: gender equality, no poverty, good health and well-being, and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

We will be drafting a matrix indicating how we intend to have an impact, and reporting on the progress to the Global Compact Network. Should any organization wish to sign up and get involved, feel free to contact me for assistance with it at 1-807-597-2868 ext. 1 at your convenience.

To date, a total of 193 governments have signed up, and if they work on the plan, the results could be extraordinary. For the goals to be reached by 2030, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society, and people like you and us.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The goals are interconnected. They apply to all countries and they aim to leave no one behind.

It has been three years since our world leaders adopted this plan.

On a district-wide level, we have come to recognize homelessness as an issue, and working towards resolving that problem involves Goal #1 (“No Poverty") while also interacting with Goal #3 ("Good Health and Well-Being”).

All agencies involved in the local homelessness committee already are working towards those two SDGs! This is not difficult to do!

Please join us in registering as an “Action Partner” by going to www.act4sdgs.org/register/ and let the United Nations know what you and/or your organization has been doing to work towards making the world a better place.

Sincerely,

Donna M. Kroocmo,

Executive Director,

Rainy River District

Women's Shelter of Hope

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