World leaders opt to end poverty by 2030

World leaders opt to end poverty by 2030

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worldWorld leaders on Friday unanimously resolved to end poverty by 2030 by adopting the new Sustainable Development Agenda put together by the United Nations.

The agenda was adopted by the 193 member states of the organisation at the ongoing UN General Assembly holding in New York.

President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the world leaders attending the event.

The agenda has 17 global goals at its core.

The new agenda makes it mandatory for every country to take various actions that would not only address the causes of poverty, but also increase economic growth and prosperity and meet people’s health, education and social needs, while protecting the environment.

At the adoption event, the UN Secretary-General , Mr. Ban Ki-moon, described it as a transformative vision for a better world.

He said, “The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

“It is an agenda for people to end poverty in all its forms.

“It is an agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership that conveys the urgency of climate action and is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all. Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind.

“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.”

The new Sustainable Development Goals build on the goal-setting agendas of UN conferences and the Millennium Development Goals that have improved the lives of millions of people.

The new agenda recognizes that the world is facing immense challenges, ranging from widespread poverty, rising inequalities and enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power to environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change.

Editors note:If poverty must be completely  eradicated from our society,then we all need to play an active role in realizing that dream.One of the ways we can do this is by sharing the little we have with our neighbours, friends, brothers, and sisters, irrespective of tribe or religion.Remember,everything great started small,and a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.Together,we can!

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