Consensus Reached on New Sustainable Development Agenda to Be Adopted by World Leaders in September
On 2 August, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the outcome document that will constitute the new post-2015 sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

The September Summit, where the new agenda will be adopted, “will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, adding that the United Nations System stands ready to support the implementation of the new agenda, which builds on the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, and which, he said, will also contribute to achieve a meaningful agreement in the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new agenda. The new sustainable development goals, and the broader sustainability agenda build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, but also go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, states that “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” It also states that “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

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