Saturday 7th December 2019
A Global Sleep Out to Call for an End to Global Homelessness
On the 7th of December 2019, in backyards, hometowns and iconic locations across the globe, thousands of people slept out in unison to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with and support of those experiencing homelessness and displacement.
Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, some of the World's biggest musicians and over 60,000 people throughout the world slept out under the stars to help those who have no other choice. Through the incredible dedication and support of the fundraisers, donors and event organisers the campaign was able to raise an incredible $10million for charities helping those affected by homelessness and displacement. In addition to the money that was raised, we created a moment of global compassion, shone a spotlight on political and public awareness of the issue, and began a movement towards sustainable systemic change in communities and cities across the world.
On one night
slept out all over the world
Sleep Out events big and small to support homeless charities
Two months after the The World's Big Sleep Out Campaign, in February 2020, after two years of advocacy efforts by the Institute of Global Homelessness, (a beneficiary of The World's Big Sleep Out), the United Nations (UN) Commission on Social Development (CSocD)’s 58th Session met to debate the Priority Theme “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness” and issued the first UN resolution on homelessness in more than 30 years.
This new focus on homelessness will play a key role in ensuring that “no one is left behind” in the final decade of action towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The resulting resolution is a watershed moment in our advocacy to elevate homelessness into the UN ecosystem and serves as a platform for larger efforts.
We want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part in and donated to The World's Big Sleep Out for helped to raise vital funds and awareness to tackle the issues of homelessness and displacement worldwide.
Events Took Place In:
Times Square, USA
Trafalgar Square, England
Rose Bowl, USA
Princes St Gardens, Scotland
Lincoln Park, USA
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Rodney Parade, Wales
Stormont Estate, Northern Ireland
Central Park, India
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Cardiff Castle, Wales
The Gabba, Australia
Hove Lagoon, England
Parque Nacional, Costa Rica
Lime Square, England
Quezon City, Quezon Memorial Circle
City Sports Complex Abellana, The Philippines
Founding place of Wacken Open-Air Festival, Germany
Santuario y Museo del Padre Hurtado, Chile
Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast, Croatia
Monomotapa Crowne Plaza Hotel, Zimbabwe
Cross Maidan Garden Street , Fort Mumbai
And Many More
Over 600 registered events across the world