In less than two weeks, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York. They will formally commit to the Sustainable Development Goals. The top United Nations official, Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, who oversaw the negotiations that whittled down more than 500 proposals into 17 goals to end poverty, eradicate inequality and injustice and tackle climate change calls it a “historic moment”.
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Mr. Wu was referring to the Sustainable Development Summit, to be held from September 25 to 27 at UN Headquarters in New York, at which world leaders will formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which he described as “a charter for the people and planet in the 21st century, consisting of 17 goals and 169 associated targets for implementation worldwide.
The 17 proposed goals and 169 targets are aimed at stimulating action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable and sustainable world for all.
The agenda and its adoption next week is among several watershed events in 2015, including the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa in July and the upcoming UN climate change conference that will be held in Paris in December.
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