SDGs mark "new social contract between leaders and the people"

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Sustainable Development Goals is projected onto UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Cia Pak

As countries prepare for the first ever "progress report" on the Sustainable Development Goals next week, they need to be viewed as a "new social contract between leaders and the people".

That's the passionate view of Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He's been speaking ahead of a High Level Political Forum on the 2030 goals, or SDGs, due to take place at UN Headquarters in New York.

The 17 SDGs consist of 169 targets including mitigating climate change, ending extreme poverty, and ensuring gender equality.

Natalie Leston asked Mr Gass to describe what the forum was about.

Duration: 2'48"

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