UN introduces 17 Sustainable Development Goals

A UN open working group has agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with wide-ranging targets to foster economic growth, protection of the environment and end poverty by 2030.

Zambia and Zimbabwe are represented in the Southern African region on the open working group on SDGs.

This is contained in a statement released by Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations Chibaula Silwamba

The 69 countries, clustered as 30 representatives of their regions, adopted the SDGs by acclamation at the conclusion of an 18-month negotiation.

According to UN open working group proposed goals, ending poverty in all its forms everywhere was the ultimate goal through mobilization of resources and implementation of policies.

The group indicated that ending hunger by achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture was one of the targets to increase investment in agriculture, and do away with trade restrictions and limit extreme food price volatility.

The group agreed that healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages would be able to reduce global maternal mortality, end preventable deaths of newborns and under-five children through increased funding to the health sector.

The group further agreed that it would ensure sustainable consumption and productive patterns, which focused at achieving sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources and reduction of waste generation.

The group also agreed that it would ensure promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

It also agreed on the need  to end violence and related deaths, abuse, exploitation, trafficking, torture of children and reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen recovery and return of stolen assets, among other targets.

The group further agreed on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development.

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