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17 new Goals awaits UN adoption

April 4, 2015 8:39 pm

As world leaders negotiate the proposed new 17 Sustainable Development Goals which is supposed to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals, the Pacific is proud of its contribution to this process.

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.

Two of the 17 goals were included to benefit the Pacific and its people; they include goal number 13: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and number 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luke Daunivalu says there was a need to not only report of these issues but localise them to help people understand how important they were.

“A key lesson learned from the MDG was the importance of national and local context. This idea of a localised agenda stresses the critical role of national or local government, diversity of local stakeholders and the need to invest in capacity and resources for implementation, ownership, monitoring and accountability.”

Daunivalu was speaking during the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations the workshop earlier this week.

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