Compassion & 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.

The Challenge

Compassion motivates many of us who work in global health, but we rarely speak frankly about the important role of compassion in improving the quality of health services and the experience of patients, strengthening health systems, and sustaining the very people who deliver care.

Our Approach

Each quarter, we bring together voices from around the globe to discuss compassion in different settings, share stories, and learn from one another, focusing on how compassion impacts our work and how we can cultivate compassion at many levels.

Making the Case

Compassion in Action Case Studies

Explore the SDGs

October 17
International day of Eradication of Poverty
October 16
World Hunger 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
February 20
World Day of Social Justice
January 16 - 20
World Built
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 & Waste
September 25
Global Day of
Climate Action
June 8
World Oceans Day
April 22
Earth Day
September 21
Day of Peace
February 4
International Day
of Human Fraternity

Full PDF available
on October 31, 2023.

World Day Countdown!

January 24 is…

International Day of Education

SDG 4: Quality Education

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Our Partners


Liz Grant

Heather Buesseler

Corinne Reid

Hallelujah Anteneh

Menna Clarke

Wendy Ball

David Addiss

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We Want To Hear From You!

How are you activating compassion in your work on the SDGs?

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