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Jan28Thu"Where There's a Need" provides a snapshot of the Army's contribution to the first five goals. January 28, 2021
From its inception The Salvation Army has been committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). The very essence and ethos of this sweeping UN venture resonates with our own cherished value to "serve suffering humanity."
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As an international movement serving in more than 130 countries, with 1.5 million members and over 100,000 employees, serving general relief to 13 million people and emergency relief to over 10 million people, we identify with the vision of what the UN desires the world to be like in the future—"a future that is secure, sustainable, and based on equality of all peoples both between nations and within nations."
These are our values as well.
Indeed, the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) aims to proactively promote and reference the 17 UN SDGs as a framework to demonstrate our work and share the outcomes with governments and other partners.
Where There's a Need is an important record of the international impact and work of The Salvation Army from 2015–2020 as it pertains to the first five SDGs. They tell a numerical and empirical story that is impressive and inspiring. What they cannot tell are the innumerable heartwarming human stories of children, women and men served with compassion, related to with dignity, and engaged with the love of God, from the albino child taught a trade and spared stigma in Tanzania, to the traumatized and trafficked Thai girl sheltered in Sydney.
It is the privilege of The Salvation Army, an affiliated non-governmental organization with the United Nations since its very beginning 75 years ago, to commit to the 17 SDGs. This report is just the beginning. You will see us at the end, and more.
Colonels Richard and Janet Munn
Directors, International Social Justice Commission
You can download the full report here.