This September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations to adopt a new set of global development goals for 2016-2030. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals, these goals aim to end extreme poverty, promote equity and opportunity for all, and protect the planet.

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon has spoken numerous times about the importance of these goals and the direction they can take the world in the next 15 years. Here are seven favorite quotes from the Secretary-General that inspire us to join the UN in working to create a better world.

  1. “Ours can be the first generation to end poverty – and the last generation to address climate change before it is too late.” (Tweet this)
  2. “Reflecting on the [Millennium Development Goals] and looking ahead to the next 15 years, there is no question that we can deliver on our shared responsibility to put an end to poverty, leave no one behind, and create a world of dignity for all.” (Tweet this)
  3. “Let us take advantage of the opportunities presented by climate action and lay the foundations for a more prosperous and secure future for all.” (Tweet this)
  4. “There is no ‘Plan B’ because we do not have a ‘Planet B.’ We have to work and galvanize our action.” (Tweet this)
  5. “We must work closely together to make this year a year of global action, one that will be remembered as the dawn of a new era of sustainable development.” (Tweet this)
  6. “At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.”
  7. “Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.” (Tweet this)

Learn more about the new global goals and how you can get involved at