Castries, Saint Lucia, September 28, 2015 – St Lucia has joined 192 members of the United Nations in adopting seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG`s) which succeed the Millenium Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders in 2000 and expires in December 2015.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr Kenny D Anthony. Foreign Affaurs Minister Hon. Alva Baptiste and Sustainble Development Minister Sen. Hon. Dr James Fletcher represented St. Lucia at the UN Headquarters in New York from September 25-27, 2015, for the adoption of Post 2015 Development Agenda until 2030.
Honourable Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony Delivered a powerful message on Behalf of Saint Lucia and Other Small Caribbean States at the UN, calling on world leaders to ensure that these new goals are acheieved.
Dr Anthony said “our pronouncements and commitments must be given substance if people in Small Island Developing States like mine are to have any hope that this Post-2015 Development Agenda will amount to something meaningful for them”. The Prime Minister cautioned that “ my country can only pray that we have not been called, once again, to craft and agree to “fleeting illusions to be pursued but never attained.”
The document, titled “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” not only outlines 17 broad goals but sets 169 specific targets.
The new goals include ensuring “healthy lives” and quality education for all, clean water, sanitation and reliable modern energy, as well as making cities safe, reducing inequality within and among countries, and promoting economic growth and good governance.
Its core aims – to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty, reduce inequality, achieve gender equality, improve water management and energy, and take urgent action to combat climate change.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology welcomes the adoption of the United Nations’ Post 2015 Development Agenda which can positively change the lives of millions around the world.