‘End so­cial woes’:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

New York on Wednes­day be­came the first city to un­veil how it is far­ing on global goals to end poverty, in­equal­ity and other woes by 2030, of­fi­cials said, high­light­ing the im­por­tance for cities to pro­mote so­cial and eco­nomic in­no­va­tion.

Nearly 200 coun­tries signed on to the goals at the United Na­tions three years ago, but much of the ac­tual progress takes place at lo­cal lev­els such as New York, city of­fi­cials said.

The set of 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs), unan­i­mously ap­proved by the 193 UN mem­ber na­tions in 2015, is a widerang­ing “to-do” list tack­ling such is­sues as con­flict, hunger, land degra­da­tion, gen­der equal­ity and cli­mate change.

Nearly four dozen coun­tries are sub­mit­ting vol­un­tary re­ports on their progress at a high-level UN meet­ing this week, but New York City is the first city to do so, of­fi­cials said.

“Cities and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties play a cru­cial role in en­sur­ing that we achieve the sus­tain­able and eq­ui­table fu­ture en­vi­sioned by the Global Goals,” said Penny Abey­war­dena, New York’s com­mis­sioner for in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, in a state­ment.

At UN head­quar­ters, Maimu­nah Mohd Sharif, UN Un­der-Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of UN-Habi­tat, said she hoped New York’s move would in­duce other cities to fol­low suit.

“We look at cities as the en­gine of growth. Cities are also the cen­ter for in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity,” she said at a news brief­ing. (RTRS)

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