European Commission welcomes UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The new UN Agenda for Sustainable Development is adopted today in New York. It represents a true landmark achievement uniting the whole world around 17 common goals for a more sustainable future. The EU was instrumental to reach an ambitious outcome.

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The new 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development is adopted today at a special UN Summit in New York. Building on the Millennium Development Goals the Agenda includes an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, mobilising all countries and stakeholders towards their achievement. The 2030 Agenda also includes the United Nations Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted in July which sets out the different means necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda, including domestic resources, private finance and Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The EU has been instrumental to reach an ambitious outcome and will now contribute to a successful implementation, both inside the EU and through the EU’s external policies.

The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets balance the three dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic – covering areas such as poverty, inequality, food security, health, sustainable consumption and production, growth, employment, infrastructure, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change, as well as gender equality, peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice and accountable institutions.

The UN Summit is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 25-27 September and is attended by more than 150 Heads of State and Government. The European Commission is represented by First Vice President Frans Timmermans, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.

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