Samoa joins the worldwide celebrations of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sep 26, 2015

"Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, includes seventeen goals that will help to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change over the next fifteen years. Photo credit: UN

A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted yesterday by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The agenda, titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, includes seventeen goals that will help to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change over the next fifteen years.

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said at the opening ceremony of the Summit: "The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms.” And then he added: “It is an agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership (that) conveys the urgency of climate action (and) is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all. Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and include new areas of intervention such as the protection of the environment, the creation of decent jobs and the promotion of just and peaceful societies. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It’s about improving the lives of everyone, everywhere and achieving all these things together.

Governments will be primarily responsible in achieving the SDGs. The states signatories of the new agenda will need to reformulate policies and reorient business decisions taking into account their national realities. The SDGs also call for a global partnership and foster engagement of a wide range of stakeholders. Communities everywhere will be essential in supporting their Governments in this new development journey. The United Nations will also have a top play role in strengthening policy coherence and assisting Governments to take action towards achieving these Goals.

This is an epochal change and as many other countries across the world, the United Nations in Samoa will be celebrating the adoption of the 2030 Agenda by organizing an event that will be held tomorrow morning at the UN compound in Apia. The aim of the event is to launch the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and raise public awareness.  

Representatives of the Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations will attend. Keynote speakers will be the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, the ACEO of the Ministry of Finance, Peseta Noumea Simi and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations for Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau, Ms. Lizbeth Cullity. 



About the United Nations System and the Resident Coordinator Offices in the Pacific

The United Nations System has three sub-regional offices in the Pacific located in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, covering 14 countries and led by 3 UN Resident Coordinators who are representatives of the UN Secretary-General.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO) in Samoa is based in Apia at the UNDP Multi-Country Office and functions as a coordination mechanism for United Nations Agencies  in four countries: the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau.

Under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinators, the United Nations Country Team ensures that agencies are well coordinated in the planning, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of the programmes in support of the overarching development strategy for the United Nations in the Pacific.

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Ms. Francesca Mondello, UN Communication Specialist - Email: - Phone: (+685) 23670

Mr. Filia Iosefa, UN Coordination Specialist - Email: - Phone: (+685) 23670 Extension 31

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