Accountability "key" to achieve post-2015 sustainable development targets

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The emphasis placed on accountability regarding the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs should be strengthened, UN human rights experts have stressed.

The SDGs as well as a universal meaningful climate agreement are part of the United Nations agenda for 2015.

Stephanie Castro has more.

Accountability is the key to achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, a group of UN human rights experts has said.

The targets known as the SDGs are due to replace the Millennium Development Goals of MDGs, the deadline for which is the end of this year.

The Chairpersons of the 10 Human Rights Treaty Bodies, the expert committees that oversee implementation by States of the core international human rights treaties, issued the statement on Monday.

The call comes as UN Member Sates start discussions to finalise the draft set of 17 SDGs that will frame agendas and policies over the next 15 years.

These goals will be put forward for adoption by the Heads of State at a UN Summit in New York in September 2015.

The experts also reminded the international community that the goals must be anchored firmly in international human rights standards.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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