Greening: Britain backs the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the Global Goals – a new global framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening was in the General Assembly along with UK youth delegates Arifa Aleem and Ronagh Craddock to witness the historic moment which was introduced by speakers including Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai.

Justine Greening said:

The UN’s new Global Goals are a major landmark in our fight against global poverty and people in the UK can be proud of Britain’s leading role in securing these goals.

The world now has the chance to end extreme poverty in the next fifteen years. We know what works. The last goals drove some of the most dramatic improvements in living standards the world has ever seen. Countless families have had their lives transformed. A child in the developing world is now much more likely to be in school and much less likely to die before their fifth birthday.

We must now continue to play our part in helping people the poorest and most vulnerable to find stability, prosperity and opportunity. This is not just the right thing to do. It is firmly in Britain’s own long-term interests.

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