Call to EU leaders to implement global goals for sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of new Global Goals, was formally adoptedon September 25 by United Nations General Assembly in New York. The 17 Global Goals have been negotiated by leaders from 193 countries with the aim of fighting inequality, protecting our planet, and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The Global Goals build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which helped cut malaria deaths in half, reduced new HIV infections by 40 percent, and contributed to a worldwide decline in extreme poverty of 50 percent.

“Ours can be the generation that ends extreme poverty and fights inequality; and the last to be threatened by climate change,” said Michael Elliott, president of ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization. “That amounts to both an audacious challenge and an incredible opportunity.”

Tamira Gunzburg, director of ONE Brussels, added that the Global Goals offer the EU a unique chance to demonstrate its global leadership and its commitment to bringing about a better world.

“The EU and its Member States are already the world’s biggest aid donor. And now these Global Goals will apply within the EU’s borders too.”

“But lifting the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world out of extreme poverty will be the hardest part. That is why, in order to leave no one behind this time, the EU must direct half of its aid to the poorest countries.”

M. Apelblat
The Brussels Times

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