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United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

25-27 September 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Friday, 25 September 2015

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UN Summit adopts 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 The UN Sustainable Development Summit began Friday at UN Headquarters in New York with an opening event and entertainment by Shakira and Angelique Kidjo, and an address by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai―surrounded by 193 youth representatives holding blue lanterns―calling for leaders to promise children peace, prosperity, education and safety.

This was followed by a high-level plenary attended by many Heads of State and Government and other high-level officials.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister, Denmark, and Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, co-chaired the plenary, urging world leaders to take action on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the 17 SDGs offer a blueprint for success and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) provides a solid financing framework. Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International, also addressed the plenary.

Rasmussen called on delegates to take a decision of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on document A/70/L.1, “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and gaveled its adoption at 11:46 am to a standing ovation.

Pope Francis visited UN Headquarters earlier in the morning and addressed the UN General Assembly before plenary convened. He highlighted the importance of the UN’s role and the hope placed in it.

Two interactive dialogues took place in the afternoon, one on ending poverty and hunger, and a second on tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind.

Heads of State and Government and ministers delivered statements to plenary, continuing late into the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports and daily web updates from the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015. In addition, IISD Reporting Services will produce a summary and analysis report of the Summit, which is available in HTML and PDF format. Available in ENB Mobile at:

Pope Francis arrives at the United Nations
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Pope Francis enters the UN General Assembly Hall
(Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

Pope Francis addressing the UN General Assembly (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Malala Yousafzai addresses the Sustainable Development Summit
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Singer, songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Shakira, performs during the opening ceremony
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Summit
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Angelique Kidjo performing the song “Africa” at the pre-opening ceremony (Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton)

Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of the Republic of Croatia
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Enda Kenny, Prime Minster of Ireland (Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the
International Monetary Fund (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
(Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile
(Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia (Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

The Interactive Dialogue on Ending Poverty and Hunger, co-chaired by Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia,
and Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

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