Eradicating extreme poverty is "greatest global challenge"

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Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addresses the Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Eradicating extreme poverty is the "greatest global challenge", a senior official with the UN Economic and Social Affairs Council has said.

Wu Hungbo addressed the first High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of Agenda 2030, which strives for a more inclusive world.

Twenty-two countries are expected to share their progress in implementing the global goals to end poverty while protecting the planet.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The 2030 Agenda promises to "leave no one behind" the Under-Secretary-General for ECOSOC said as he presented an inaugural report on progress towards the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a blueprint for what the world needs to do and how to get there.

The report presents the significant progress made as well as the challenges, Wu Hungbo noted.

"The 2030 Agenda recognizes that eradicating extreme poverty is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. In the decade from 2002 to 2012 the proportion of the world's population living below the poverty line dropped by half from 26 to 13 per cent. While significant, there will be need for bolder actions to be taken in order to eliminate poverty entirely."

The meeting will adopt a ministerial declaration on 20 July to provide leadership, guidance and recommendations on the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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