Seventeen new international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were published by the United Nations in September 2015 to succeed the eight eminently successful Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000 to 2015.
The MDGs stimulated great progress: reducing extreme world poverty by half, preventing an estimated 6.2 million deaths from malaria, providing billions of people with access to clean drinking water, and achieving near gender parity in primary education and the significant inclusion of women in institutions of governance in developing countries. From this experience the new SDGs are based on a better understanding of what works, including trade and investment from the private sector and its contributions in development, health, and economic and social opportunity. They also acknowledge that the goals won’t work without rooting out corruption and focusing on the rule of law and transparency in governance.
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The keys to international security, peace and prosperity are shared standards of human rights and justice. Click below to learn more about the foundations of international agreement on these values.