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The last few years haven’t been the greatest in the history books but now all the world leaders have agreed: they must change this one thing for the better of humankind.

Overnight, the UN came to a decision to end one of the biggest issues that faces the world today, even in our backyards.

17 goals and 169 targets will aim to end poverty by 2030, ensure healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change, at a cost of between $US3.5 ($A4.98) and $US5 trillion per year until 2030, reports Sky News.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the plan as a ‘to-do list for people and planet’ that laid out a ‘universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.’

‘The true test of commitment to agenda 2030 will be implementation,’ Ban told leaders. ‘We need action from everyone, everywhere’.

Julie Bishop was in attendance at the summit in New York.

Global goals include redirecting development aid to where it’s needed most and improving transparency in oil-producing countries so revenue can be used to improve the lives of citizens, not oil magnates’ wallets.

In a huge move, the African Development Bank and the World Bank will give money to major infrastructure projects that specifically target ending this horrible world issue.

It’s been long enough – and we’re hoping this new action will really end the suffering for the 836 million people still struggling to survive.

The decision to get rid of poverty for good comes after the Pope’s rousing speech to the UN on a number of topics. On world poverty he said, “To enable these real men and women to escape from extreme poverty, we must allow them to be dignified agents of their own destiny… This presupposes and requires the right to education – also for girls (excluded in certain places) – which is ensured first and foremost by respecting and reinforcing the primary right of the family to educate its children, as well as the right of churches and social groups to support and assist families in the education of their children. Education conceived in this way is the basis for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and for reclaiming the environment”.

You can read his full speech via TIME here.


Tell us your thoughts: Do you feel more needs to be done to end world poverty sooner?

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  1. We have only one planet to house over 7 billion people, take care of it because we have no where else to move to if we screw it up

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    • Hurray. Some one cares! This is some thing that every individual can support because we don’t have an alternative. Thank goodness NZ is into renewables for its energy. That’s a start.

  2. So impressed by Pope’s speech to UN

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    • Really , he should stick to religion, Fix his church before he starts preaching to the world on what they should do,

    • He is trying hard to fix his church but he has to undo centuries of injustice first. His job is to preach. He is doing it. Meanwhile the Bible explicitly says feed the hungry, free the captives etc etc.

    • Hear hear Ruth. Pope’s visit to Washington and and address to Congress is hugely symbolic. Would have been unthinkable a generation ago. The Speaker of the House was moved to tears. Then he quit, citing a fractured Republican party.

    • Thank goodness for one realist,even optimist. So much hate speech stirred up by one comment. I wonder how many of these people financially support UNICEF, Save the Children etc. The Republicans have lost one of their few thinking moderates.

  3. If we are relying on the UN forget it they are the most useless bunch of no hopers in existence. Where are they for the Refugees? What are they doing for World Peace.? They are doing nothing they have their Agenda 21 30 to carry out which is World governance and they are failing miserably with that too

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    • The UN is not a world government – it can only do what the major powers allow it to. They are doing incredible amounts for the refugees, you could help by making a donation.

    • Those telling us how good the UN is could perhaps explain why Saudi Arabia is leading their Human Rights Commission. Then perhaps you could go to their own website and read up on Agenda 21. Their program isn’t even hidden!

    • Lyndon Crabbe The aim of the UN is just that read their Agenda 21 30 and get back with your answer

  4. Wow. Wouldn’t this be wonderful if it all comes together.

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    • Debbie, I’m sure you know, as I do, that this is a pipe dream. It’s a shame, but this optimistic person can’t see it happening. Too many powerful men, too many religions, too much ignorance, too much bitterness, and too much war! And the UN! They have no real power to change any thing, just like the Pope. Talk is cheap, action required.

    • Nothing wrong with thar Debbie Bryant !! My dream is that Australia put the broom through our parliments and rebuilt with people who put Australia before themselves and their “Mates” I dream Big aye ?

    • I love to dream too, and I like to dream big, but then I wake up. Dreaming is good, but it’s action that makes them come true. Any action against all the people with their own agendas and those with vested interests is difficult. Even when you round up sufficient people of like mind, the movement breaks down under

  5. Islamists will never agree to give women equal rights. The big corporations will hide figures for global warming just as VW have hidden their figures on diesel car pollution, etc. etc. It will take a world revolution of ordinary people to effect change. Until then nothing will happen as usual because profits always come before common sense.

  6. Most of the seats on UN are held by Republics who are ruled by tyrants .and look how they treat their people I am amazed at the countries given a seat, All they want is money.

  7. Mike here-then, how many cocktail parties in how many ‘A’ lister locations will it take for the United Nations Flying Circus & Travelling Cocktail Party to even decide who sits next to whom at the sittings which delve into these problems. Amazes me how the pope
    says & eveyone listens for now.

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