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U.N. Secretary-General Releases Report Outlining Goals, Vision For Post-2015 Development Agenda

“Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by United Nations Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new universal development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a report [.pdf], ‘A Life of Dignity for All,’ containing his updates on the goals and vision for the road ahead,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The new report was released on August 14 to government delegates ahead of the September 25 General Assembly Special Event on the MDGs and post-2015 development agenda, during a week of several high-level events that will be under way next month at U.N. Headquarters in New York,” the news service writes, noting, “The new report takes stock of the progress that has been made and of the steps that are needed to go forward.”

“Responding to a changing world where new economic powers have emerged and new technologies are reshaping lives, the report finds that the ‘new era demands a new vision and a responsive global framework,’” according to the news service, which adds, “With less than 1,000 days to the 2015 target date, bold action is needed in many areas.” The news service writes, “In the report, the U.N. chief also outlines his vision for a new and responsive sustainable development framework to meet the needs of both people and planet …, call[ing] for a new, broader set of targets beyond 2015 which reflects new global realities and challenges.” The news service notes, “Contributing to the report were the views of more than a million people who were asked about their main concerns through a series of worldwide consultations in an effort unprecedented for the U.N.” (8/21).