Press Conference on UN Sustainable Development Summit

Sep 20, 2015

Manama – (UN House) – Over 150 Heads of State and Government will attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

Agreed by the 193 Member States of the UN, the proposed Agenda, entitled “Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” consists of a Declaration, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, a section on means of implementation and renewed global partnership, and a framework for review and follow-up.

The agenda is unique in that it calls for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income. It recognizes that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with a plan that builds economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while addressing climate change and environmental protection.

The new sustainable development agenda builds on the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development that concluded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015.  It is expected that it will also positively affect the negotiations on a new meaningful and universal climate agreement in Paris this December.

In this regard, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a press conference to shed light on this milestone Summit as well as Bahrain’s active participation and commitment to the Post-2015 development agenda process.

The press conference involved a statements from H.E. Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh, Minister of Social Development, Dr. Shaikh Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Undersecretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Peter Grohmann, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, respectively.

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