17 goals that strive to eradicate worldwide poverty by 2030

2015-09-26 14:19
Malala Yousafzai. (File, AP)

Malala Yousafzai. (File, AP)

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Seventeen goals that strive to eradicate worldwide poverty by 2030 were officially adopted on Friday at a special session at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Known as the Sustainable Development Agenda, the goals were unanimously adopted with a standing ovation by over 150 world leaders.

The summit was opened with a speech by Pope Francis calling on all world leaders to act with responsibility towards the people that elected them.

He also touched on an array of human rights issues that he said needed to be urgently addressed, including armed wars, refugee rights and wealth distribution.

'Money drenched in blood'

“Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimise and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world,” he told world leaders and delegates.

“Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”

And then came a touch of showbiz with musical performances by Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors and Grammy Award-winning singers, Shakira – who also did the official 2010 soccer World Cup song - and Angélique Kidjo.

Activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel laureate silenced the entire General Assembly in a moving and powerful speech in which she called for an urgency to ensure a proper education for all children across the world.

“Dear brothers and sisters. Dear world leaders. Promise us, promise to all children, children in Pakistan, in India, in Syria and across the world, promise them peace, promise them prosperity and promise them an education,” said the Pakistani schoolgirl who came to world attention after she stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to an education.

“Today we are 193 young people representing big and small" she said, as a line of 193 blue lights held in the hands of the youth representatives lit up the space behind her.

Drastic reforms expected

The Sustainable Development Agenda follows the Millennium Development Goals, a set of goals that committed world leaders to reduce extreme poverty by 2015.

The Summit continues this week with six interactive dialogues that will focus on themes of: ending poverty and hunger; tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls; fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production, among others.

Other discussions on the agenda include the Social Good Summit: a two-day summit that will look at how new media and technology can aid social change.

There will also be a panel discussion, ‘Investing in Young People to Secure Peace, Security in Lake Chad Basin Nations Attacked by Terrorists’, where presidents from various West African countries will debate how the growing youth population can be celebrated as an economic and social asset, rather than a demographic at risk.

This summit marks the start of what is expected to be long-term drastic social, political and environmental reforms for world leaders across the globe.

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