SDGs are "masterplan for humanity": General Assembly President

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Peter Thomson. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The President of the UN General Assembly made an impassioned call on Tuesday to "strengthen momentum" towards making the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, calling them a "masterplan for humanity".

Peter Thomson was briefing Member States on his SDG implementation strategy, and he called on "all actors" to "view our world through the lens of sustainability, human dignity and equity."

Matthew Wells reports.

The 17 ambitious SDGs call for an end to poverty and hunger; and the provision of quality education, gender equality; as well as climate action, peace and justice, all by 2030.

Mr Thomson described the core objectives as a "masterplan for humanity" and said it was his "deep belief" that only through sustainable development could "sustainable peace and human rights be realized by all."

He told Member States that he'd appointed an implementation team, led by Special Adviser Ambassador Dessima Williams, which would seek to form alliances with "key partners".

He and his team would focus on three specific areas he said.

First, raising global public awareness of why the SDGs needed to be implemented, along with strengthening momentum towards the individual goals, and thirdly, supporting the UN and its agencies in the push towards 2030.

He said he was writing to all heads of government requesting a commitment to the SDGs in every education curriculum worldwide, and would try to mobilize all levels of society, from high-level advocacy, to engaging youth activists at the most local level.

He said he would be holding himself accountable to the ambitious strategic plan, and welcomed "cooperation, partnership and positive input" to make it happen.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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