After three years of negotiations and debates, 193 countries have finally agreed to a set of development goals, which are more ambitious than anything that has come before them, the UN has stated.
Back in the year 2000, the United Nations set eight goals that expire at the end of this year. These goals were:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Achieve universal primary education.
Promote gender equality and empower women.
Reduce child mortality.
Improve maternal health.
Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.
Ensure environmental sustainability.
Global partnership for development.
Even though the goals were promising and measurable, they were also criticised, as leaving out other equally important areas of improvement. However, despite the criticism, significant progress has been made throughout the years, especially regarding the goals regarding poverty and education.
Nonetheless, this year, the 193 countries have agreed on a new set of goals for the development of the world, hoping to find a solution to these issues. As stated by the UN, the goals are as follows:
General citizen well-being.
Quality of education.
Water and sanitation for all.
Affordable and sustainable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Decent standard of work for all.
Technology to benefit everyone.
Safe cities and communities.
Responsible consumption by all.
Stop climate change.
Protect the ocean.
Taking more care of the earth.
Live in peace.
Mechanisms and partnerships to reach the goals.
All the goals that have been set now, are more specific than the goals set previously, allowing partners to move forward with in a more productive way.