World leaders inaugurate new forum to boost sustainable development
World leaders at the United Nations inaugurated a High-level Political Forum on 24 September that aims to boost global efforts and increase development for all the world’s peoples in a manner that is sustainable for future generations. The Forum replaces the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which concluded its work on 20 September. To further strengthen the Forum, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the inaugural launch that he will create a Scientific Advisory Board to be established by UNESCO.

The Forum will bring heads of State and Government together every four years under the General Assembly to address the challenges of sustainable development. It will meet annually at the ministerial level, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Starting in 2016, the Forum also will review implementation of sustainable development by all countries and the UN system, for accountability and a focus on action on the ground.

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