A flag raising ceremony to mark the adoption of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been held at the Ghana office of the United Nations.
The 17 goals, which have 168 targets are a result of a 3-year participatory process of which Ghana was part and are improvements of the Millennium Development Goals.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock who hoisted the flag said the Sustainable Development Goals which represents the next global development agenda, aimed at ensuring an end to poverty of all forms and promoting sustained and inclusive economic growth.
According to her, the SDGs require renewed commitment from all heads of state to reach expected targets of improved human standards of living as well as global partnership for sustainable development.
Over a hundred Heads of State and Governments, joined by leaders from CSOs, religious groups and private sector are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit in New York where the SDGs will be formally adopted.
The SDGs will become operational from January 1, 2016 and countries are expected to reach all 17 set targets by the year 2030.
Some of the key targets in the SDGs are ending poverty, achieving gender equality, protect, restore and promote sustainable use of the terrestrial ecosystem and taking urgent steps to combat climate change.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews