Next week, world leaders will gather in New York to attempt and resurrect important plans aimed at improving humanity’s lot by 2030. These plans are currently in doubt as hunger, poverty, and other issues continue.
A total of 17 broad development goals, including ending extreme poverty and hunger, ensuring access to clean water, promoting gender equality, and ensuring access to health care for everyone, were accepted by UN member states in 2015 and are to be accomplished by 2030.
“In thriving economically in the 21st century, you cannot any longer try to do so at the expense of nature, or at the expense of people who are left behind,” the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Achim Steiner, told AFP.
But the 2030 Agenda is in trouble, according to the UN.
“The Sustainable Development goals are in peril,” the UN said in a report published in July.
According to the draft declaration, states meeting on Monday at the UN General Assembly are expected to pledge to “act with urgency… for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, leaving no one behind.”