The European Commission (EC) has pledged support to the universal framework for all countries to help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.
The framework will be adopted by the United Nations to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000.
As the first global agreement setting a universal and comprehensive agenda for action, the 2030 Agenda includes an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, mobilising all countries and stakeholders towards their achievement and affecting domestic policies.
It also includes the United Nations Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted in July, which sets out the different means necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda, including domestic resources, private finance and Official Development Assistance.
The EU has been a leader in contributing to this process from the start and it is committed to take the agenda forward, both inside the EU (such as through the forthcoming EU initiative like the Circular Economy Strategy which is designed to address more sustainable patterns of production and consumption) and through the EU’s external policies by supporting implementation efforts in other countries, in particular those most in need.
First vice-president Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development and leading the Commission’s delegation on behalf of President Juncker, said: “This Agreement is a historic event, and a significant step forward for global action on sustainable development.
“I am proud to say that from the start, the EU has been strongly committed to reaching an ambitious outcome, with a universal agenda for all countries, rich and poor alike, fully integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability.”
He added: “The result is a landmark achievement uniting the whole world around common goals for a more sustainable future. We are determined to implement the 2030 Agenda which will shape our internal and external policies, ensuring the EU plays its full part.”
The UN Summit adopted the new 2030 Agenda at the United Nations Headquarters in New York at end of September and was attended by more than 150 heads of state and government from all over the world. The European Commission is represented by First vice president Timmermans, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/vice-president of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica.