Teri McClure, JD, Task Force Board of Directors member  talks to a young mother in Mbendeleza village, Chikwawa District, Malawi, for signs of trachoma infection. An operational research project supported by The Task Force's Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center is investigating new tools to assess the prevalence of trachoma, including an antibody test that can be performed with dried blood spots. This study will help define the best method for determining when mass drug administration has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. The Task Force supports operational research to strengthen programs to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Compassion & the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint for all major sectors related to health, environment, and economic development. Yet the role of compassion as a fundamental driver in establishing the SDGs and the necessity of compassion for achieving them remains an untold story.


The Case for Compassion


Through a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the University of Edinburgh Global Health Academy and FACE are collaborating to make the case for compassion as a guiding principle for and as a unifying thread to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

After publishing a position paper in The Lancet, we launched a year-long social media campaign (#compassion4theSDGs) starting in January 2023. This campaign emphasizes the integral nature of compassion in the SDGs through an examination of individual SDGs (released on relevant “world days”) and case studies.



Explore the SDGs


Click the boxes below to explore compassion’s integral role in each of the sustainable development goals.

October 17

International Day of the Eradication of Poverty

October 16

World Food Day

April 7

World Health Day

January 24

International Day of Education

March 8

International Women's Day

March 22

World Water Day

February 28 - March 3

World Sustainable Energy Days

May 2 - 3

World Economic Forum Growth Summit

January 16 - 20

World Built Environment Forum Week

March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

October 31

World Cities Day

September 29

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Nov 31 - Dec 12

UN Climate Change Conference

June 8

World Oceans Day

April 22

Earth Day

September 21

International Day of Peace

December 20

International Day of Human Solidarity

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Compassion & the SDGs


Case Studies: Compassion in Action


Chile’s Valhalla Project

Valhalla spent the first 18 months of the project listening, building trust, educating, and negotiating meaningful partnership agreements. These compassionate design principles simultaneously enabled the project to address global challenges while meeting local needs.

Asili Social Enterprise

Asili is a Congolese social enterprise that flips the script. It reinvents humanitarian aid as as startup capital for self-sustaining businesses, designed and operated by and for the people that need them.

Podcast: A Case for Compassion in SDGs


Want to learn more about compassion and the SDGS? Listen to this episode of Stories of Impact with Richard Sergay and Tavia Gilbert, sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Our Partners


Liz Grant, MA, PhD, FRSE, FRCPE, MFPH; Assistant Principal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh

Heather Buesseler, MPH, Consultant, FACE

Corinne Reid, Professor of Psychological Therapies, University of Edinburgh

Hallelujah Anteneh, Communications Coordinator, Task Force for Global Health

Menna Clark, Sustainable Goal Analyst, University of Edinburgh

Wendy Ball, Global Health Academy Senior Fellow, University of Edinburgh 

David Addiss, MD, MPH, Director, FACE

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