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Obama commits US to new development goals at UN summit

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United Nations: Pledging to slash inequality and create opportunities globally, US President Barack Obama committed the US to achieving global development goals at a United Nations summit.

“In doing so, we recognise that our most basic bond of humanity compels us to act,” Obama said at the three-day Sustainable Development Summit that ended at the UN Headquarters in New York on Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.

Earlier on Friday, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the summit. The agenda includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

Obama said the world suffers no illusions of the challenges ahead in achieving the goals, but “we understand this is something that we must commit ourselves to”.

In his defence of the 15-year plan, Obama mentioned, around 800 million people are scraping by on less than $1.25 a day and billions of people are at risk of dying from preventable diseases. In his address, the US president also warned against bad governance and inequality, among others, which threaten the achievement of the ambitious goals.

Obama also urged some countries to dump old attitudes, especially those that deny rights and opportunity to women.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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World Leaders Gathering in New York for United Nations Summit on Climate Change

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be among those attending the summit

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani reviews an honor guard at the Mehrabad airport while leaving Tehran, Iran, for New York to attend UN General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. VOA

World leaders are gathering Monday in New York for a United Nations summit on climate change as scientists warn much more ambitious action must be taken to meet targets to mitigate the effects.

Some 60 presidents and prime ministers are due to address the day-long event on topics including shifting away from coal toward renewable energy sources, preventing and responding to disasters, and climate finance.

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be among those attending the summit.  He is spending Monday attending a meeting about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians, before holding separate talks with leaders from Pakistan, Poland, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt and South Korea.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sought to highlight the importance of the climate summit and challenged leaders to “come with concrete plans” and not just “beautiful speeches.”

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Some 60 presidents and prime ministers are due to address the day-long event on topics including shifting away from coal toward renewable energy sources. Pixabay

Ahead of Monday’s event, the U.N. released a report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization showing there has been an acceleration in carbon pollution, sea-level rise, warming global temperatures, and shrinking ice sheets.

The report says the average global temperature for the period of 2015 through the end of 2019 is on pace to be the “warmest of any equivalent period on record” at 1.1 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which has been ratified by 186 nations, calls for actions to prevent global temperatures from surpassing 2 degrees, and ideally remain within 1.5 degrees by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  One of the world’s biggest emitters – the United States – announced under President Trump that it would leave the pact. The U.S. decision has not stopped climate action at the state, local and private sector levels.

The report warns that in order to achieve the 2 degree target, “the level of ambition needs to be tripled.”

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Other global issues such as tensions between the United States and Iran; conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Kashmir; rising in equality and intolerance all figure to be themes as the U.N. General Assembly session begins Tuesday. (VOA)