From the Pope to Malala: Quotes on the U.N.'s new global goals

Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:51pm EDT
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UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leaders from 193 nations adopted an ambitious new set of global goals on Friday to combat poverty, inequality and climate change in the most comprehensive effort ever by the United Nations to tackle the world's ills.

Following are some key quotes about the U.N's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved at a three-day summit that opened on Friday with an address from Pope Francis:


- "We cannot permit ourselves to postpone "certain agendas" for the future. The future demands of us critical and global decisions in the face of world-wide conflicts which increase the number of the excluded and those in need."

- "Our world demands of all government leaders a will which is effective, practical, constant, with concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment and thus putting an end as quickly as possible to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion, with its baneful consequences."

BAN KI-MOON, U.N. Secretary-General:

- "The 2030 Agenda compels us to look beyond national boundaries and short-term interests and act in solidarity for the long-term."   Continued...

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (C) and her friends and fellow activists Kainat Riaz (L), Shazia Ramzan (2nd L), both from Pakistan, Amina Yusuf (2nd R) from Nigeria, and Salam Masri (R) from Syria, smile while at a news conference after speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz