Barbados urges "ambitious" development targets

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Maxine McClean. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Barbados has urged the international community to adopt "ambitious" targets for new poverty and sustainable development goals.

Member countries of the UN are currently defining the targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs which expire next year.

Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, the Foreign Minister of Barbados, Maxine McClean said decisions made today would affect generations to come.

"Today, we stand on the cusp of the unveiling of a future global agenda for development. This must be an ambitious, long-term project to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations."

The new so-called SDGs are expected to be wider ranging than the MDGs and will focus on sustainability as well as poverty eradication.

They will be announced by the UN next year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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