UN Foundation Board: Launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Provides the Opportunity of a Generation for People and the Planet

United Nations Foundation Board Of Directors Calls For Everyone To Play A Role In Achieving The Global Goals

New York, NY

September 25, 2015


Megan Rabbitt

Today, world leaders at the United Nations are adopting new global goals called the Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors welcomed as the path forward for a better world with the following statement:

“Today is a moment that will be etched in history. Representatives from 193 countries have come together around a shared vision for the future: a world where no one lives in poverty, everyone lives with dignity, and we have stopped the threat of climate change.

“The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals provides a ripe opportunity to turn the page on poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation so every child grows up in a world where her basic needs are met, her rights are respected, and her opportunities are limitless.

“The global goals were created for the world and by the world in the most inclusive process in UN history, which included input from businesses, civil society groups, and millions of individuals. They reflect the priorities of people from across the globe, the complexity of today’s world, and the underlying causes of the crises that grip us. Our social, economic, environmental, and climate problems are connected and must be dealt with in an integrated, comprehensive way as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We can achieve the global goals. In recent decades, the international community mobilized under the Millennium Development Goals to make incredible progress saving and improving lives. Now we need to finish the job while going further to promote development that safeguards the planet and provides opportunity for all.

“The adoption of the global goals is not the end of our efforts; now the hard work of implementation begins. Everyone has a role to play, and the United Nations Foundation will continue to support the UN and its partners to help achieve the global goals. Together, let’s seize this opportunity and realize the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals for people and planet.”

The members of the UN Foundation Board of Directors are: Founder and Chairman Ted Turner (United States); Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Jordan); Kofi Annan (Ghana); Fábio Barbosa (Brazil); Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway); Kathy Calvin (United States); Igor Ivanov (Russia); N.R. Narayana Murthy (India); Hisashi Owada (Japan); Emma Rothschild (United Kingdom); Nafis Sadik (Pakistan); Hans Vestberg (Sweden); Timothy E. Wirth (United States); Andrew Young (United States); Yuan Ming (China); and Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh).

The list of the Sustainable Development Goals can be found here.


About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org .