Cheers as United Na­tions irons out roadmap to end poverty

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ju­bi­lant U.N. mem­ber states on Sun­day put the fin­ish­ing touches to a hugely am­bi­tious roadmap aimed at wip­ing out poverty world­wide by 2030 and tak­ing on cli­mate change.

United Na­tions Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban Ki-moon lauded the hard-fought agree­ment, say­ing it “en­com­passes a uni­ver­sal, trans­for­ma­tive and in­te­grated agenda that her­alds an his­toric turn­ing point for our world.”

Af­ter a week of heated ne­go­tia- tions at U.N. head­quar­ters in New York, ex­perts and diplo­mats from the 193 mem­ber states adopted a draft about 30 pages long en­ti­tled “Trans­form­ing Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.”

To cheers, Kenyan Am­bas­sador Macharia Ka­mau called it “re­ally a his­toric mo­ment.” Kenya chaired the ne­go­ti­a­tions along with Eire.

World lead­ers will at­tend a Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Sum­mit at the U.N. Sept. 25-27 to adopt a sus­tain­able agenda doc­u­ment, fir­ing the start­ing gun on ef­forts to im­prove the lives of one bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing on less than US$1.25 a day, mainly in Asia and sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

Ne­go­tia­tors set out 17 new sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals seek­ing to end poverty, pro­mote well­be­ing and safe­guard the en­vi­ron­ment — all by 2030.

“This is the Peo­ple’s Agenda, a plan of ac­tion for end­ing poverty in all its di­men­sions, ir­re­versibly, ev­ery­where, and leav­ing no one be­hind,” pro­claimed Ban of the mul­ti­tril­lion- U. S.- dol­lar ini­tia­tive.

The U. N. chief vowed that the Septem­ber sum­mit, on the side­lines of the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly, “will chart a new era of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in which poverty will be erad­i­cated, pros­per­ity shared and the core driv­ers of cli­mate change tack­led.”

The new 2015-2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals builds on the suc­cess of the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals, which helped drag mil­lions out of poverty.

But the new drive will go sig­nif­i­cantly fur­ther, tar­get­ing the causes of poverty and the need for de­vel­op­ment that works for all peo­ple.

Fund­ing the mas­sive ef­fort will be key to its suc­cess and last month donor na­tions con­firmed they aim to set aside 0.7 per­cent of gross na­tional in­come for de­vel­op­ment aid, af­ter sev­eral days of at- times frac­tious talks be­tween rich na­tions and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

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