The Power of Advocacy: Advancing Vision for Everyone to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals
Advocacy is instrumental to achieving significant policy change for vision.
Global advocacy efforts over the past decades enabled recognition of vision as a major public health, human rights, and development issue.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted its first-ever Resolution on vision: “Vision for Everyone—Accelerating Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” on 23 July 2021.
The Resolution sets the target and commits the international community to improve vision for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable vision impairment by 2030.
To fulfill their commitments, governments and international institutions must act now.
Advocacy remains instrumental to mobilize funding and empower governments and stakeholders to include eye health in their implementation agenda.
In this paper, we discuss the pivotal role advocacy plays in advancing vision for everyone now and in the post-COVID-19 era.
We explore the link between improved eye health and the advancement of SDGs and define the framework and key pillars of advocacy to scaling-up success by 2030.