At the end of September, world leaders convened in New York to officially adopt replacements for the eight Millennium Development Goals.
The MDGs, which came into force in 2000, are scheduled for retirement this year. As a result, world leaders meeting for the 70th UN General Assembly are expected to give formal confirmation to a draft document laying out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – as well 169 additional targets – to come into force on 1 January 2016.
Unlike the MDGs, which focused only on the ‘developing world’, the SDGs – with global targets such as ending poverty, ending hunger and achieving gender equality – will apply to all countries. They also expand well beyond the narrow fields targeted by the Millennium Goals, addressing central factors such as sustainability and economic growth, which, over the past 15 years, became increasingly recognised as essential components to consider when planning such large-scale, long-term development targets.
The following film summarises the Global Goals:
The following film explains the global goals in just one minute: