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Global Health
February 16, 2016

Sustainable Development Goals Launched

JAMA. 2016;315(7):647. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0608

A new, universal set of goals to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and advance prosperity by 2030—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—launched on January 1, 2016 (http://bit.ly/1P1zfHH).

Adopted by United Nations member states in September 2015, the 17 SDGs build on the 8 antipoverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in 2000 rallied the world to a 15-year agenda to end poverty by 2015. While progress was made in many areas, it was uneven across regions and countries and failed to improve the lives of many of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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