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Sustainable Development Summit: call for a strong international commitment for development

From 25-27 September all the eyes were on the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, taking place in New York (USA), where Heads of State and Government meet in order to formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 17 global goals that were adopted during this “historic moment” target many areas, including poverty, health, climate change, institution building, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“The true test of commitment to Agenda 2030 will be implementation. We need action from everyone, everywhere. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success” affirmed the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit, which was chaired by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, was kicked off by the speech of Pope Francis, which was followed by a number of interventions by Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, Malala and Heads of State and Government.

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