Global Priorities

Global Priorities

These are example things that smart capable people have figured out that we should be trying to do. I haven’t vetted them all personally, but I like that people are trying to put together things like this.
Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

The Commission spent two years engaging with communities all over the U.S. to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation's 250th anniversary.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.

Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.

Our World in Data has a tracker where you can check out progress.*

*This is the first reader-suggested addition and I’m so excited about it! If you would like to add something, please send me a note:

GiveWell Charity Evaluator

Trying to figure out how to best spend your donation for saving/improving the most lives.

This is a different category: more like a list of what we should be appreciating, so maybe it goes on the

page, but it’s here for now:

This is also maybe more a

item: the Pope sets an annual agenda of things all Catholics should pray for each month. I find this fascinating — seems like a cool group intention setting thing and it's also an interesting way to get a sense of this particular Pope (assuming he gets to set the agenda). I first discovered this when the Nov 2020 universal prayer intention was "We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind."