UN set to usher in new era of development with star-studded cast

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Ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September, and to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a 10-minute film introducing the Sustainable Development Goals is projected onto the UN Headquarters, north façade of the Secretariat building, and west façade of the General Assembly building. The projection brings to life each of the 17 Goals, to raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Celebrities, activists and young people from around the globe are preparing to join world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York to usher in a new era of development.

The new global development goals will be endorsed by UN Member States at a special Summit on Friday.

Veronica Reeves has more.

The UN Headquarters will play host to the world's biggest stage on Friday, starting off with an address by Pope Francis to the General Assembly that morning.

Cristina Gallach, head of Public Information for the UN said some special guests will also share a poignant message from a unique vantage point.

"We've taken some astronauts, that have had the privilege to see the planet from afar, to tell us, how does it look, and what are their feelings. So, a very pertinent message from outer space."

In the audience will be 193 children from countries around the world – one from each UN Member State. They will be led by the youth activist, Malala – their presence representing the hopes of the future.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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