"Ownership" key to global goals

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The ownership by national governments of new global development goals is crucial if they are to succeed according to the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

The international community is meeting at the UN from Friday to finalize 17 new goals which will frame the development agenda over the next 15 years.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The 17 new targets known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs will be formally adopted by the UN at a three-day summit of world leaders beginning on Friday.

They'll replace the Millennium Development Goals, the deadline for which is the end of this year.

Speaking at an international conference on sustainable development held at Columbia University in New York, UNESCO's Irina Bokova, said national ownership was central to the success of the SDGs.

"The 17 goals are truly transformative and universal. They are, I think what is most important, owned by governments. And ownership is a key word when we talk about finding the right solutions and implementation. We have to empower governments, we have to give them the right tools."

The new goals are expected to cost billions of dollars to implement.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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