UN summit: World body prepares to adopt new Sustainable Development Goals

    UN summit: World body prepares to adopt new Sustainable Development Goals

    Sept.25, New York: The three-day UN Sustainable Development Summit started on Friday in New York with a record number of top world leaders attended, as well as heads of multilateral bodies like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The summit formally approve the 15-year plan to eradicate extreme poverty, combat climate change and address more than a dozen other major global issues.

    Implementing the new development goals — expected to cost between $3.5 trillion and $5 trillion every year until 2030 — is expected to be the focus of the three-day summit that will include speeches by U.S. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping and the leaders of Egypt, India, Iran, Germany, Britain and France.

    Pope Francis, will be making a historic address to the Assembly during a visit timed for the global gathering.

    The document — called "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" — which sets out the 17 broad goals and 169 specific targets, will be adopted after opening speeches at the summit.

    The 17 non-binding goals will succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders 15 years ago. Despite significant progress, however, the only one achieved before this year was halving the number of people living in extreme poverty, due primarily to economic growth in China.

    Among the other new goals are ensuring "healthy lives," quality education for all, clean water, sanitation and reliable modern energy — and achieving gender equality, making cities safe, reducing inequality within and among countries, and promoting economic growth.

    The Oslo Times


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