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28 September 2015

Global Goals endorsed, now they need to be resourced

This weekend, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, world leaders from 193 countries, including Australia, agreed to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also called the Global Goals.

The ambitious but achievable Goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

“We now have a blueprint to work from towards a better future for us all,” said the CEO of RESULTS International Australia, Maree Nutt. “I’m thrilled that the goals were adopted unanimously, but I’m not surprised considering the staggering success of the preceding Millennium Development Goals, and the consultation leading up to this weekend.”

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to in 2000 aimed to halve extreme poverty by 2015. This was achieved five years ahead of schedule. Poverty-related child deaths dropped from 27,000 per day to 16,000 per day. New HIV infections fell by almost 40% and 6.2 million malaria deaths, primarily in children, have been prevented.  100 million children didn’t attend school in year 2000. That number has declined to 59 million in 2015.

“But we can’t stop half-way,” continued Ms Nutt. “That’s why the Global Goals are so very important, we must finish what we started with the MDGs. By 2030, we must aim that no one should live in extreme poverty, but rather that we all live in peace and dignity on a planet that is protected.”

Addressing the United Nations yesterday, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said that the new Global Goals are ambitious but necessary.

“Endorsing the goals is only the necessary first step – now we must make sure the goals are adequately resourced,” said Ms Nutt. “As part of this priority, I call on Australia’s Government to increase our official aid contribution in the next few years from the historic lows following $11.3 billion of cuts.”

“All of us are responsible for working towards these goals, and this includes holding our own government accountable for both its international assistance and domestic policies.”