SDGs must be taught if they are to take hold: General Assembly President

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Peter Thomson. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Schoolchildren worldwide should be taught about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if they are to become reality.

That was the message UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson delivered to world leaders meeting in New York on Tuesday for the annual debate in the UN General Assembly.

Heads of State and Government adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes the 17 SDGs, one year ago.

Dianne Penn reports.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals aim to eliminate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.

Mr Thomson said although the agenda is increasingly being used as a framework for national development plans, the world is still far from where it needs to be.

He listed on-going global challenges as proof: from the 60 million people displaced by war and conflict, to rising xenophobia and attacks on fundamental freedoms, as well as environmental damage.

The General Assembly President stated that the world must do better.

"We need to teach our young people about the SDGs because for the required transformation to occur, it must first take hold in our minds and in our values. It is our children who will be the inheritors of the Agenda's result. So every classroom around the world should be teaching the SDGs. And I encourage you all to achieve this reality."

Mr Thomson also added his voice to the strong condemnation of the attack against a humanitarian convoy in Syria on Monday evening.

He said the deliberate targeting of humanitarian personnel was a flagrant violation of international law and totally morally unacceptable, drawing applause from the chamber.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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