Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda
Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, A Life of Dignity for All , containing updates on the Goals and a vision for the work ahead.

As 2015 approaches, the United Nations, Governments, civil society representatives and others have been engaged in an extensive process to meet a range of growing international challenges. The report calls for a broader set of targets which reflects new global realities. Sustainable development providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment is seen as being at the heart of the next step, supported by accountability and shared responsibilities. Contributing to the report were the views of more than a million people who were asked about their main concerns through a series of worldwide consultations in an effort unprecedented for the UN.

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