Bread for the World welcomes the new framework for global development—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—adopted a few days ago by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Summit.
"The historic goals set forth in the SDGs would enable the world to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "At a time when we are all rightfully focused on the Syrian and global refugee crisis, it can seem like there is no hope. In fact, we have made tremendous progress. Adoption of these goals makes it possible to end hunger and extreme poverty in less than a generation."
More than 150 world leaders assembled at the summit joined together in support of an ambitious agenda. The SDGs will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were established soon after the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000. The SDGs build on the successes of the MDGs and go further to envision a world with no hunger, no malnutrition, and no poverty, where all people everywhere can live life to its full potential while protecting our planet.
"It is a truly hopeful sign that this agenda leaves no one behind, focusing on issues facing poor and hungry people, whether they live in communities here in the United States or around the world," said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute. "We commend the U.S. for its role in shaping and negotiating these global goals that will define priorities for the next 15 years. We stand ready to work with the administration as it translates these goals into action."
The SDGs are inextricably linked to each other, and their crosscutting, inclusive, and universal nature is historic.
"Ending hunger by 2030 will require strong and sustained political will," added Beckmann. "Bread for the World is committed to engaging our nation's decision makers on why the United States should embrace and support the SDGs. If countries across the world can make progress against hunger, surely we can end hunger here at home."