World leaders finalise new sustainable development goals

The UN’s 193 member states have reached agreement on a new set of sustainable development goals that aim to protect the environment, achieve gender equality, end poverty and promote prosperity by 2030.

The agreement includes 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, and builds on the success of the millennium development goals, which were adopted in 2000 and have helped more than 700 million people out of poverty.

Announcing the agreement, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon said: “This is the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one ...

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