The 70th session of the General Assembly has opened with a towering achievement: the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, including 17 inspiring Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs.
Our aim is clear. Our mission is possible. And our destination is in our sights: an end to extreme poverty by 2030; a life of peace and dignity for all.
What counts now is translating promises on paper into change on the ground.
We owe this and much more to the vulnerable, the oppressed, the displaced and the forgotten people in our world.
We owe this to a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide.
We owe this to ‘succeeding generations’, in the memorable words the Charter.
In this year in which we mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we must heed the call of the Charter, and hear the voices of ‘we the peoples.’ That is how we can overcome the grim realities of the present and seize the remarkable opportunities of our era.
The Millennium Development Goals made poverty history for hundreds of millions of people.
Now we are poised to continue the job while reaching higher, broader and deeper.
The new framework does not just add goals. It weaves the goals together, with human rights, the rule of law and women’s empowerment as crucial parts of an integrated whole.
The global goals are universal.
You, the world’s leaders, have committed to leave no one behind and to reach ...
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