UN aims to ‘end poverty’ with 2030 agenda for sustainable development

United Nations member states agreed the agenda Transforming our World- the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, on 2 August 2015

The United Nations member states have endorsed an agenda on sustainable development up to the year 2030. The ambitious, wide-ranging plan is to be ratified next month at a meeting of heads of government.

The 29-page document will be presented for ratification at a meeting of world leaders between September 25 and 27.

The agenda sets out a plan of action recognizing that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”

The AGENDA- with 17 goals and 169 targets – is a plan to be developed over the next fifteen years. It is to “build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve,” according to the document.

The agenda has taken two years to draw up and was greeted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as an “agenda of the people, an action plan to end poverty.”

Ban said that the agenda, together with the agreement reached in Addis Ababa last month to bankroll development goals, was the start of a “new era.”

In its declaration, the agenda sets out for Heads of State and Government to “resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere.”

Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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