Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Aug 11, 2015

The United Nations has released the finalised text of the draft Declaration “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which will be agreed and adopted by world leaders during a special summit of the United Nations General Assembly in New York between 25 and 27 September 2015.

The text establishes the global development framework for the next 15 years, building on the successes and lessons learned of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been drafted following extensive global consultations with grassroots communities, scientific experts and political leaders and as such reflect the most critical development challenges faced by our global community.

The Declaration is firmly grounded in the universal values of the United Nations Charter, which marks its 70th anniversary of entry into force later this year.  The SDGs offer a historic agenda that aims to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat inequalities and support peaceful and inclusive societies based on universal human rights, and to ensure the protection of the planet and its natural resources. One of the greatest challenges to sustainable development, climate change, will be the subject of a related high-level global summit in Paris beginning 30 November. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will seek a binding agreement on States to take urgent action to prevent global temperatures rising beyond 2 degrees Celcius.

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