We are pleased to launch Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD). It aims to be a conduit for sharing information and encouraging dialogue on contemporary issues. Global Frontier is not in reference to a geographic location. It is a virtual space in which ideas contend, best practices identified and the strategies for creative leadership emerge. In this regard leadership does not necessarily revolve around individuals but may be inspired by ‘a collective’ working to implement specific programmes and achieve specific goals.
This launch is taking place at a time when a new universal agenda has emerged. Its focus is on ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. This new agenda is the successor of the millennium development goals. It is captured in 17 goals and 169 targets under the 2030 Sustainable Goals (SDGs), approved by 192 Countries of the UN, in September 2015. It is intended to stimulate action in the next 15 years in areas of critical importance to humanity and the planet.
Global Frontier, out of necessity and interest in the agenda for developing countries, is concerned with a selected group of goals. Among them are eliminating poverty ( #1); good health and wellbeing (#3); quality education (#4); gender equality (#5); decent work and economic growth (#8); climate action (#13)and peace, justice and strong institutions (#16). In the coming weeks we will address appropriate actions for each of these priority goals and seek to engage in a discussion on how individually and collectively we can contribute to a sustainable future. In this respect we will partner with the private and public sectors and with multilateral agencies as well as NGOs and civil society groups.
Conscious of the importance of creative leadership, our appeal will specifically, though not exclusively, be to the youth. The discourse is intended to yield a transformational vision. It will pay attention to the voices of the poor and marginalized; advancing human rights for all and empowering women and girls. Our aim is to let ideas contend and ‘champions for Change’ emerge.
Edward and Auriol Greene Directors, GOFAD.