Close to 40 per cent of the population of the developing world lived in extreme poverty only two decades ago. Since then, the world has halved extreme poverty, with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals greatly contributing to this progress. Recognizing the success of the MDGs, and the need to complete the job of eradicating poverty, the UN adopted an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the same time, as climate change poses a growing challenge to the world’s development objectives, the UN supported negotiations to adopt a meaningful and universal global climate agreement in 2015. The UN is also working to develop a financing for development framework to ensure that both the sustainable development agenda and climate action are properly resourced.
A Sustainable Development Agenda
A sustainable development portal, 2015 Time for Global Action for People and Planet, was launched by the United Nations in 2015. It focuses on the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda and contains information on the UN’s efforts to tackle climate change and on many other related issues. The website highlights the Secretary-General's report presenting the vision for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and shows how you can help publicize these important issues. The UN’s new post-2015 sustainable development agenda was launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The Millennium Development Goals helped end poverty for some, but not for all. The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will complete the work begun with the MDGs.
SDG Summit 2019
On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.