UN Secretary-General hails UN Member States' agreement on new sustainable development agenda

By Bridget Elliott on 12th August 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment. The new agenda was agreed upon by 193 UN Member States on 1st August following a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years. More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 25th to 27th September, to formally adopt the outcome document. More…