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193 States reach consensus on new Sustainable Development Agenda

August 6, 2015

193 Member States of the United Nations have reached a consensus on a new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

According to a press release by the UN Department of Public Information on 2 August, the new agenda, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, has 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, as well as protecting the environment by 2030.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reported to have welcomed the agreement, saying it “encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world.”

He is said to have described it as “the People’s Agenda, 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. The integrated, interlinked and indivisible 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the people’s goals and demonstrate the scale, universality and ambition of this new Agenda.”

Mr. Ban expressed optimism that the September Summit, where the new agenda will be adopted, “will chart a new era of Sustainable Development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled.”

He pledged that the UN System will support the implementation of the new agenda, as well as contribute to achieve a meaningful agreement in the COP21 in Paris in December.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda, the release adds.

The new sustainable development agenda builds on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which helped more than 700 million people escape poverty. The eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation by 2015.

The new sustainable development goals, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.