By Patience W. Stephens
from Global Newsletter - September 2017
Concern for “the people” is at the heart of the historic declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that the 193-member United Nations General Assembly adopted on September 25, 2015. Underscoring that emphasis is the fact that “people” is the first of 5 areas identified by the declaration as being of critical importance for humanity and the planet. The other areas are “planet”, “prosperity”, “peace” and “partnerships.” Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are expected to guide and drive global development efforts through 2030.