UN agrees 17 sustainable development goals

03 Aug 2015
Financial Nigeria


The goals aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon

Late last night, the United Nations concluded its negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. Member States agreed a framework for 17 universal sustainable development goals, which will be adopted by Heads of State at a summit in September.

The goals aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment.

According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the document “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world. This agreement results from a truly open, inclusive and transparent process.”

The global development agenda had taken two years to negotiate, attracting the unprecedented participation of civil society and the 193 UN Member States.

“This is the People's Agenda,” stated Mr. Ban. He added that it is “a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and planet at the core.”

He also said the plan is integrated, interlinked and indivisible.
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 25 to 27 September, to formally adopt the outcome document agreed last weekend. “I look forward to joining Heads of States and Government, civil society, faith and business leaders, and peoples around the world for the adoption of this new agenda in the historic Summit in New York, added the UN chief.

Secretary-General from the Global Alliance of Civil Society Organisations, CIVICUS, Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, has this to say about the Agenda:

“Many in civil society are relieved that governments have managed to agree a final SDG text. The challenge now will be to transform these warm words into meaningful action. Without firm commitments by Heads of State in September, this global roadmap may yet end up being nothing more than the MDGs+, instead of a truly transformative plan to end poverty, inequality and environmental destruction.

“As we head to the final Summit in New York in September, millions of people around the world will be mobilising through the action/2015 campaign to put pressure on world leaders to demonstrate their commitment to make this `supremely ambitious and transformational vision' a reality.

“After September, civil society will continue to mobilise to let governments in rich and poor countries know that there will be a political price to pay for not meeting the goals.”

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