Cameron and Kerry discuss 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:28 GMT, Sep 28, 2015 |

British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a panel Sunday (September 27) in New York to discuss the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by world leaders this week with a historic pledge to end poverty all over the world.

“If we’re serious about eliminating extreme poverty, we have to tackle these challenges head on. That means intensifying our focus on economic growth and ensuring it’s sustainable and broad based. It means working to create opportunity and safety nets for vulnerable people. It means preventing dangerous climate change and protecting our one and only planet. And above all, it means giving everyone power and voice so they can stand up for their rights,” said Cameron.

With a slogan of “Leave No One Behind” the 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, pertaining to poverty, inequality and climate change.

Cameron was joined on the panel by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

“Leave no one behind is a lot more than a slogan. It’s a key to unlocking long term economic growth and they key to meeting the challenge of tens of millions of young people in countries that are either failing or have already failed,” said Kerry. “In the context of violent extremism, religious radicalism, if we don’t grab those kids, someone else is going to. If we don’t make citizens out of the them, someone else will make something else out of them.”

Colombia understands too well if large segments of a population do not share in the collective prosperity of a nation,” said Santos, vowing to stand with Cameron on implementing the SDG’s.

Sirleaf also pledged her country’s commitment to the agenda.

Liberia’s challenge at a time when we have just recovered from Ebola, our challenge at a time when we are trying to reconstruct an economy to rebuild and renew our nation, is to make sure that we improve our own governance,” said Sirleaf.