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Got Global Goals? This Online Game Wants You to Learn About Ending Extreme Poverty


Everyone loves a to-do list, right? But a to-do list that includes ending extreme poverty, fighting injustice and inequality, and fixing climate change? 

That’s a list that really takes some doing. 

Nevertheless, that’s exactly what the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development intend to do — and all by 2030.

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The Goals are a list of 17 objectives which were agreed on by 193 world leaders in September 2015. But with 17 objectives, broken down into 169 individual targets, they aren’t easy to get to know.

For the Global Goals to be successful, however, and to get world leaders to keep fighting for them, people first need to know about them. 

“Our governments have a plan to save our planet… it’s our job to make sure they stick to it,” according to the UN’s Global Goals website. 

“The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them, and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.”

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That’s what this online game intends to help do. A platform called Playmob, launched to enable digital gamers to have a positive impact on the world, created the game in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), to help the UN spread the word of the Goals. 

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You can play the game “What’s Missing” here, to find out how your Global Goals knowledge compares to the rest of the world, and then take a pledge — to spread the word of the goals. 

The game starts with a practice round, getting the player to fill it which person missing in a row of adults and children. 

It goes on to ask a series of multiple choice questions about extreme poverty around the world,  interspersed with questions about some of the specific goals. 

As well as being fun, educational, and pretty addictive, the game has a serious side. 

“Gaming is a huge untapped force for good,” said Jude Ower, Founder and CEO of Playmob. “When people play games they are highly focussed and engaged, but also remain passionate about doing good.”

Playmob’s aim is to encourage gamers to use that “untapped force” to have a positive impact on the world. The game is a way of raising awareness for the goals, and to provide players with a range of ways in which they personally can help achieve the Goals. 

As Ower points out on Huffington Post: “Generation Z and millennials — like gamers — might be a much-maligned group. However, their desire to do good in the world should be recognised and mobilised. Saving the world isn’t a game — but it is a good place to start.” 

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