After months of negotiations, the 193 members of the United Nations have reached an agreement. Late on Sunday night 2nd August 2015, they agreed on the text of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Ireland has played a crucial role in this process, co-facilitating the negotiations to reach this agreement together with Kenya, represented by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN, David Donoghue.
“This new development agenda has 17 goals and 169 sub-targets, ranging from ending extreme poverty and hunger to reducing inequality and tackling climate change. These seventeen goals reveal the scope and ambition of a new ‘universal agenda’; a new recipe for building a better world,” said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas (the umbrella body of Irish development NGOs).
World leaders will formally agree the new sustainable development goals at a UN summit on 25th– 27th of September in New York. The 17 goals will come into effect from January 1st 2016 and should be achieved by 2030.
ATD International welcomed the Outcome Document “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that Member States will adopt this coming September. ATD has actively contributed to the process, informed by the findings of its participatory research project on sustainable development, which reached over 2,000 people worldwide, the majority living in poverty.
Read full ATD response to the historic agreement here.
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