Back in May, six innovative public figures joined the battle to push the world towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each of the new official SDG Advocates committed themselves to pursue the 17 goals on behalf of “peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.”

As we inch closer to the SDG Summit in September, UN News caught up with some of them.

Brazilian footballer “Marta” not only plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward, but with 17 goals – the same number as the SDGs! – she is the top scorer ever at FIFA World Cup tournaments – that’s both for the men and women’s championships.

This UN Women Goodwill Ambassador said she is “fully committed” to lend her voice and life experience “to ensure that women and girls around the world have the same opportunities that men and boys have to fulfill their potential”.

“Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are the direct objectives of Goal 5, but they also play a key role in the achievement of many other goals, as well as supporting the overall success of the SDGs”, said the 33-year-old champion.

“There really can be no development that is sustainable without gender equality”, she stressed.  […]