History made as world leaders adopt new global development goals

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In an unprecedented summit at UN Headquarters in New York, world leaders have adopted the new global goals that will guide development efforts for the next 15 years.

The new Sustainable Development Goals agreed by UN Member States will seek to end poverty, while also taking into account environmental issues.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

In what was called by the UN Secretary-General a "defining moment in human history", countries have adopted 17 new global goals that lay out an ambitious set of development objectives.

The adoption comes after intense negotiations as leaders sought to craft a framework that will address extreme poverty, while also putting in place safeguards for the environment.

In co-chairing the summit, the President of Uganda, Yoweri (U-weary) Museveni (Moo-sen-a-vee) said the new development agenda was designed to leave no one behind.

"Together, we are sending a powerful message to people in every village, every city, every nation worldwide – that we are committed to taking bold step to change their lives, for the better."

In addition to poverty and hunger, the global goals cover issues such as access to education, healthcare, energy, water and sanitation, as well as gender equality and action on climate change.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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