World Leaders Adopt New Development Goals At UN


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President Yoweri Museveni who is among 150 leaders attending the meeting praised the successes achieved in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals MDGS now being replaced by 17 Social Development Goals.

A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted today by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development.
The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its core, was met with a thunderous standing ovation from delegations that included many of the more than 150 world leaders.
The new agenda commits every country to take an array of actions that would not only address the root causes of poverty, but would also increase economic growth and prosperity and meet people's health, education and social needs, while protecting the environment.
The new Sustainable Development Goals build on the goal-setting agendas of United Nations conferences and the widely successful Millennium Development Goals that have improved the lives of millions of people. 

The new agenda recognizes that the world is facing immense challenges, ranging from widespread poverty, rising inequalities and enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power to environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change.

The adoption ceremony was presided over by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

President Museveni stressed the successes of the Millennium Development Goals and the need for the full implementation of the new Agenda.
A representative of civil society, Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International said the public could not be blamed for being skeptical, as there was a gap between the "world we live in and the world we want." 

He added that the Sustainable Development Goals "represented people's aspirations and can, and must, be reached."

The 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators.

The global indicator framework, to be developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, will be agreed on by the UN Statistical Commission by March 2016.

Governments will also develop their own national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets.

The Sustainable Development Summit at the UN will last until Sunday, followed by the annual general debate of world leaders. Approximately 150 heads of state and government are attending the meetings.

The agenda and its adoption is among several watershed international events in 2015, including the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Ethiopia in July, and the upcoming UN climate change conference that will be held in Paris in December.