New UN development agenda to end poverty in all its forms by 2030

The 193 U.N. member states have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

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The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with 169 specific targets on issues ranging from ending poverty “in all its forms everywhere” to ensuring quality education and affordable and reliable energy and protecting the environment.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be adopted at a U.N. summit just before the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly in late September.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the plan “seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and planet at the core.”

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