By the Blouin News Science & Health staff

U.N. takes closer look at 2030 Agenda

by in Environment.

United Nations Office at Geneva. (Source: Falcon® Photography/flickr)

United Nations Office at Geneva. (Source: Falcon® Photography/flickr)

On Friday, Earth Day, leaders from more than 160 countries will gather at the U.N. headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement adopted last December at the U.N. climate change conference (COP21). That historic movement will be preceded however by a debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday.

President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, convened the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which goes beyond addressing climate change. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions is one element of the U.N.’s sustainable goals; the agenda also expands upon the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) which include 17 SDGs and 169 targets that aim to wipe out poverty and fight inequality. After all, maintaining a global temperature of below 2 degrees Celsius — the primary goal of the Paris Agreement — has major significance for infrastructure build out, economic changes, and political responsibility from every country on board…

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