New Sustainable Development Goals adopted

70thanniversary session ofthe GeneralAssembly of the UnitedNations adopted the outcome document of the Sustainable Development Summit titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

World leaders committed themselves in implementing the seventeen global goals in order to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

The Agenda 2030 is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The Sustainable Development Goals replaced the Millennium Development Goals which had guided development cooperation work from 2000 to 2015 and were aimed primarily at solving social issues in developing countries, while the new Sustainable Development Goals will spread all over the world. These goals imply interconnection of major sustainable development pillars – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

The SustainableDevelopment Goals became the result of intensive consultation that involved the 193UN Member States. It is also the result of engagement with civil society and other stakeholders around the world. The Global Compact Local Networks, including Russia took an active part in this consultation process as well.

As a result,a group of expertsmade a list of17 Sustainable Development Goalswith169 associated targets(Millennium Development Goals implied 21 targets).

Seventeen sustainable development goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success” as stated in the document. “Now we must use the goals to transform the world. We will do that through partnership and through commitment. We must leave no-one behind.”

The Secretary-Generalnamed the event historical and stressed that thenew Sustainable Development Agendarequiresglobal solidarity.

Earlier, during the events held under the auspices ofthe United Nations, it was repeatedly emphasized that the important role in implementing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals belongs to business collaborating with such initiatives as the United Nations Global Compact and other international platforms and programs aimed at promotion of corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

On 15-16 October, the Local Networks Regional Meeting will be hosted in Berlin, Germany. The program of the event implies expert discussions on enhancing the role ofthe Global Compact participants inachieving Sustainable Development Goalsandscenarios for the futureof corporate sustainability.

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