Rouhani on Sustainable Development Goals

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.

The 17 new SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.

Speaking at the summit, Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani said:

“Environmental problems have taught us humans living on planet earth that we are all in the same boat.  What others do also impacts our destiny.  We cannot be assured of our own peace and security, whilst ignoring how others are living.

“Without extensive cooperation at the national, regional and international levels, achieving the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ will be very difficult.  Such cooperation should be mindful of our common destiny and joint commitment towards important human responsibilities.

“A common destiny requires a common goal.  But this doesn’t mean that the responsibilities of all are the same.  It would be impossible to achieve the post-2015 sustainable development goals without considering the responsibilities of states and their share in creating the current environmental status quo and would result in fruitless argument.”

(Source: UNDP in Iran)

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