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Motion: Support the Sustainable Development Goals

In this motion, I urge the Senate to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, which builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, as a blueprint to end extreme poverty. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): I, and also on behalf of Senator Bilyk, move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations (UN) summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda took place from 25 September to 27 September 2015;

(ii) the Sustainable Development Goals build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, which have:(a) reduced the number of people in absolute poverty,

(b) reduced child mortality,
(c) increased the number of children in school, and
(d) increased access to clean water and sanitation, and

(iii) the Sustainable Development Goals were endorsed by all members of the UN as objectives for all countries to meet, and achieving these will require policy and financial commitments from all countries; and
(b) calls on the Government to:
(i) endorse the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint to end extreme poverty; and

(ii) adopt the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for Australia's aid program, and work with other countries to support these Goals which includes contributing Australia's fair share internationally to achieve their targets.

Question agreed to.


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