Over 20 celebrity activists from stage and screen, including stars Emilia Clarke and Emma Watson, have signed an open letter demanding that world leaders take action against poverty, inequality and climate change.
The letter for the United Nation’s Global Goals campaign calls for leaders to focus on fighting against the climate emergency facing the planet.
While Emma Watson’s name was first on the list, she was also joined by fellow philanthropists who came out in support of the letter.
These included Jennifer Garner, Olivia Colman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lily James, Saoirse Ronan, Hugh Evans, Idris Elba, Stephen Fry, Emilia Clarke, Jamie Oliver , Bob Geldof, Bear Grylls, Lily James, Ashley Judd, Aamir Khan, Blake Lively, Chris Martin, Rami Malek, and David Miliband.
Carey Mulligan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Pharrell Williams MJ Rodriguez, Saoirse Ronan, Cody Simpson, Mark Suzman, Yara Shahidi, Emma Thompson, and Michelle Yeoh also added their signatures.
In total, the pact was signed by 2,020 campaigners, including human rights activists and environmentalists.
Richard Curtis, SDG advocate, screenwriter and co-founder of Project Everyone said:
“At this moment, this open letter and focus on the Global Goals is more vital than ever.”
“I am delighted that the letter has been signed by these 20 global activists, who represent different causes but ultimately the same objective.”
“They are supported by 2000 brilliant advocates from the arts, sports, civil society, tech and philanthropy. I’m feeling optimistic and am holding out for radical progress this year.”
The full text of the letter reads as follows:
Dear World Leaders,
This is an emergency.
We are activists for different causes from across the world, writing as one for the first time to demand your immediate action in this critical year.
5 years ago, at the United Nations, 193 countries committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
A historic plan to end extreme poverty, conquer inequality and fix the climate crisis.
Look at our world now.
Our climate is heating up.
Natural disasters are increasing.
Millions flee their homes.
Children suffer without vital food and healthcare.
Activists are murdered for their views.
Girls and women are refused an education and subjected to discrimination and violence.
But we still dare to hope that in 2020 you will act decisively and courageously and kickstart a Decade of Action.
We need you to act faster.
To find the finance. To track implementation. To unlock radical solutions.
We are watching you. And we will fight every day, for people, for planet.
There are not just a few of us – there are millions with one voice and one question.
How will you keep your promise and deliver dramatic progress towards the Global Goals this year?
We await your urgent reply.