New development goals must activate "meaningful change": Bhutan

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Lyonpo Damcho Dorji. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Bhutan has said that the new development goals being elaborated by UN Member States must activate "meaningful change."

The new sustainable development goals or SDGs will replace the Millennium Development goals which are due to expire next year.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly, the Bhutanese Minister of Home Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, said the SDGs have to take into account the capacities of individual countries.

"The process must activate real and meaningful change for all countries if it is indeed to be transformative. And for this to happen, the agenda must be anchored on the need for breakthroughs to address the hard ground realities of different countries, especially with regard to capacity and financing for development."

The SDGs are expected to define the UN's approach to development for the coming decades.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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