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Why do the sustainable development goals get so little attention

Social Policy Connections |  31 March 2018

The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, which were pitched at developing nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are universal, integrated and committed to “leave no-one behind”. While developed countries still have an important obligation to support developing countries, particularly in their region, they are not immune from scrutiny through the SDG lens.


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