World Bank Group Hails Consensus by UN Members on New Sustainable Development Agenda

August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, August 3 – The World Bank Group warmly welcomes the ambitious consensus by the member states of the United Nations aimed at ending poverty, promoting prosperity, and protecting our environment.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted in New York in September represent an historic opportunity to chart a new course for global development over the next 15 years.

“I congratulate member states and the United Nations on this remarkable consensus. The SDGs are the product of years of hard work by countries and a testament to their deep commitment to promoting international cooperation and the well-being of all,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “The SDGs’ focus on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership provides a comprehensive and robust development path for the world to follow over the next fifteen years.”

The outcome document, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” represents an important landmark, building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which were instrumental in halving extreme poverty between 1990 and 2010. 

The 2030 agenda aligns well with the World Bank Group’s overarching goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Indeed, the Bank Group has reiterated its commitment to partner with the UN Secretary- General, UN agencies, and Member States.

“This consensus is a great step forward, but the real work lies ahead. The World Bank Group is eager to work with governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and others to achieve them. We expect to help meet these targets by supporting their implementation, providing finance and sharing data,” said Kim.

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