Agreement on post-2015 development agenda welcomed by UN chief

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Children collecting water in Kallayanpur slum, one of the urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

An agreement reached by Member States of the United Nations on the post-2015 development agenda has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In September, world leaders are expected to formally adopt the document called Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It will set new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of the year.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The new agenda heralds an historic turning point for the world according to the UN chief.

It was approved by all 193 Member States of the United Nations.

In a statement on Sunday, Ban Ki-moon described the document as a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly and everywhere.

He called it the "people's agenda" and said it seeks to forge partnerships with individuals and the planet.

Mr Ban explained that it consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which he said demonstrate the scale and ambition of the new agenda.

It is scheduled to be adopted at a United Nations Summit in September in New York.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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