Nauru adopts 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

Nauru President Baron Waqa and his delegation arrived New York on September 23 to attend the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

A historic event took place today at the United Nations, where 193 Leaders adopted the new global sustainable development agenda.

President Waqa is ready to join other World Leaders and also adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable development agenda. This ambitious global sustainable development agenda is entitled, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that features 17 sustainable development goals that aims to lift people out of poverty, build resilient and sustainable societies for the future.

Nauru as the former Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has been actively participating in this global process since the Rio+20 Conference, the Future We Want. In Rio, member States decided to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals which builds upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the holding of the third international Conference on Small Island Developing states (SIDS) that was held in Samoa in 2014. Nauru under the chairmanship of Bolivia as the Chair of the G77 and China Group (2014) led the intergovernmental negotiations to reach unprecedented consensus on the outcome document of the SIDS conference entitled SIDS Accelerated Modalities Of Action (SAMOA) Pathway that is featured in the 2030 Agenda, recognising the special case of SIDS for sustainable development.

Nauru was also a member of the Open Working Group (OWG) troika of Palau and Papua New Guinea which led and advocated the need for a dedicated sustainable development goals on oceans and seas and climate change that are now part of the 17 sustainable development goals framework.

President Waqa will be adopting this universal ambitious and transformative Agenda that closes one chapter in the many processes that Nauru had led and been active through its New York mission and open new possibilities and opportunities for its people.