U.N. SG Releases Synthesis Report On 17 SDGs, Says No Plan To Lower Number Of Goals, Targets

News outlets discuss the release of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Development Goals synthesis report.

Devex: Ban Ki-moon’s (early) vision for post-2015
“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed Thursday his vision for the post-2015 development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals when these expire at the end of next year…” (Luke, 12/5).

The Guardian: U.N. secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals
“The U.N. secretary general has ruled out any immediate cut in the number of proposed Sustainable Development Goals with the launch on Thursday of his synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030. In the report, Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the U.N. Open Working Group that will come into force after the Millennium Development Goals expire next year…” (Ford, 12/4).

Inter Press Service: U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact
“…The 17 post-2015 goals, negotiated over a period of nine months, cover a wide range of socio-economic issues, including poverty, hunger, gender equality, industrialization, sustainable development, full employment, quality education, climate change, and sustainable energy for all…” (Deen, 12/4).

U.N. News Centre: Road to Dignity by 2030: U.N. chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development
“…In the report’s conclusion, the secretary general issues a powerful charge to Member States, saying: ‘We are on the threshold of the most important year of development since the founding of the United Nations itself. We must give meaning to this organization’s promise to ‘reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of the human person’ and to take the world forward to a sustainable future … [We] have an historic opportunity and duty to act, boldly, vigorously, and expeditiously, to turn reality into a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind’…” (12/4).

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