“Towering achievement” as UN General Assembly opens

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization at the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The 70th session of the UN General Assembly has opened with a “towering achievement” already in place the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

The Secretary-General of the world body was referring to the adoption of the new anti-poverty and development targets which will frame international development for the next 15 years.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Ban Ki-moon praised the international community at the opening of the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly for agreeing to the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Also known as the global goals, the 17 targets aim to eradicate extreme poverty, tackle climate change and promote greater gender equality by the year 2030.

Here’s the UN chief.

“What counts now is translating promises on paper into change on the ground. We owe this and much more to the vulnerable, the oppressed, the displaced and the forgotten people in our world. We owe this to a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide.”

All 193 Member States of the UN have the opportunity to delivery an address.

The migrant crisis, conflict in the Middle East and Africa, climate change and the global goals are expected to feature prominently throughout the week.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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