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Foreign Affairs Minister hails new international development framework at UN

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, is hailing the adoption of the new international development framework by the United Nations (UN).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 ASD) will continue and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire at the end of this year. 

Speaking yesterday at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, Nicholson said the 2030 ASD was designed to ensure that people are placed at the centre of the development process and that stewardship of the planet is characterised by respect for its resources.

Senator Nicholson also said if properly funded and implemented, the agenda has the potential to change lives, protect the planet and engender prosperity in ways nations are yet to realise.

Senator Nicholson is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the Summit, which continues until Sunday, September 27. 

The 2030 ASD agreement is the result of three years of research, consultation and negotiation and aims to set the world on a course to addressing the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental - over the coming 15-year period to 2030.

At its core, the 2030 ASD contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their 169 targets which all countries have agreed to strive to achieve by 2030.