UN post 2015 Development Summit & new Sustainable Development GOALS


Celebrating the 70th UN Organization anniversary, many Heads of State, prime ministers,  Government High Representatives, businesses, academia ,  civil society leaders including Gedaref digital city GDCO Sudan and many stakeholders will meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015  to decide on the new global Sustainable Development Goals and to transfer our world to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (read the declaration in your UN language). These goals were built on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They  are 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. They seek to realize the human rights of all, end poverty and hunger, improve quality of education, improve health, environment and climate change, achieve gender equality , empowerment of all women and girls and development of strong public, people private partnership. These goals and targets are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

Gedaref digital city organization GDCO Sudan, is a civil society organization founded in a partnership of the digital city of Eindhoven in Netherlands, It is part of the telecentre movement where 87531 Individual Telecentres in 52 countries with 73 Telecentre Networks in 6 Regional Networks sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices for marginalized, undeserved and disadvantage communities development. We are partners for connecting people equally so we are winner of 7 global information for development awards. We are partner for this summit and accredited to participate 138.

How these Sustainable development goals (SDGs) developed?

 Rio+20 or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Conference is a UN conference took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. Thousands of participants from the governments, private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how they can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. The official discussions focused on two main themes:

1-    how to build a green economy to achieve SD and lift people out of poverty;

2-    How to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

 One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference (The future we want) was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Open Working Group set a proposal contains 17 goals and 169 associated targets on sustainable development for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its 68th session.

The first session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals took place on Thursday and Friday, 14-15 March 2013 and the 13th sessions on 14-18 July 2014 in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York.

In the Rio+20 outcome document, member States agreed that sustainable development goals (SDGs) must:

  1. Be based on Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
  2. Fully respect all the Rio Principles.
  3. Be consistent with international law.
  4. Build upon commitments already made.
  5. Contribute to the full implementation of the outcomes of all major summits in the economic, social and environmental fields.
  6. Focus on priority areas for the achievement of sustainable development, being guided by the outcome document.
  7. Address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and their interlink ages.
  8. Be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.
  9. Not divert focus or effort from the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

10. Include active involvement of all relevant stakeholders, as appropriate, in the process.

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DESA NGO News - September 2015

Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members
On 25 September, a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development. The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its core, was met with a thunderous standing ovation from delegations that included many of the more than 150 world leaders who addressed the Summit over the course of three days.

Ushering in a new era of national action and international cooperation, the new agenda commits every country to take an array of actions that would not only address the root causes of poverty, but would also increase economic growth and prosperity and meet people’s health, education and social needs, while protecting the environment.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "The true test of commitment to Agenda 2030 will be implementation. We need action from everyone, everywhere. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success." The new Sustainable Development Goals build on the goal-setting agendas of United Nations conferences and the widely successful Millennium Development Goals that have improved the lives of millions of people. The new agenda recognizes that the world is facing immense challenges, ranging from widespread poverty, rising inequalities and enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power to environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change.

The official adoption came shortly after Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly stating, "The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope." General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft called the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development "ambitious" in confronting the injustices of poverty, marginalization and discrimination. "We recognize the need to reduce inequalities and to protect our common home by changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. And, we identify the overwhelming need to address the politics of division, corruption and irresponsibility that fuel conflict and hold back development."

The opening ceremony of the Summit also included remarks by a representative of civil society, Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, who noted that while there is a gap between the "world we live in and the world we want," the Sustainable Development Goals "represent people’s aspirations and can, and must, be reached."

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