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UN sets goal to end poverty by 2030

UNITED NATIONS — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards, and taking action to combat climate change.

The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with 169 specific targets on issues ranging from ending poverty ''in all its forms everywhere'' to ensuring quality education and affordable and reliable energy, and protecting the environment.

''We can be the first generation that ends global poverty, and the last generation to prevent the worst impacts of global warming before it is too late,'' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

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The 17 new, nonbinding goals will succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders 15 years ago.

In his final report last month on the Millennium Development Goals, Ban said the effort helped lift more than 1 billion people out of extreme poverty in the last 15 years.

But he said inequality persists, with 80 percent of the people living on less than $1.25 a day located in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and 60 percent in just five countries, India, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, and Congo.

Associated Press