Strategic Contribution & Sustainable Development Goals
The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation’s conflict recovery programmes fall within the remit of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 6(3) of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction and the objectives of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018-2027).
In September 2015, seventeen new UN Global Goals were adopted by 193 countries around the world. The goals aim to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation’s work contributes to three goals in particular:
Sustainable Development Goals
We reduce poverty for the victims of conflict through the improved mobility and self sufficiency of people with a disability, the provision of vocational training, self-help groups, work placements, business start-up support and micro grants;
Good Health and Well Being
The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation impacts health and well-being through the provision of physical therapy for people with disabilities, trauma counselling and peer mentoring support for refugees of conflict;
The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation’s work reduces economic, social and cultural inequalities. Our programmes support the most vulnerable in urban and rural areas by identifying the specific barriers that they face and developing practical strategies to overcome them. In addition, our research, consultation and participation initiatives give a voice to the voiceless and make the unseen visible.
Advocacy and giving conflict affected communities a voice are key to everything that The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation does. At a local level this includes training people to inform them of their rights and organising events to raise awareness of the needs of conflict affected communities among government officials and other service providers. Internationally, we are an active advisor to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Explosive Threats and also regularly attend meetings of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty. In December 2018, The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation hosted a Parliamentary breakfast at the House of Commons to raise awareness of the impact conflict has on civilian communities, including the ongoing presence of landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Among those in attendance were several members of Parliament, members of the House of Lords, representatives from NGOs, and prominent business leaders.