This week, you have probably started to hear from world leaders gathered in New York for the 69th U.N. General Assembly who are making speeches about ending world poverty by 2030.
UNGA kicks off a year of what threatens to be increasingly complex international negotiations about the so-called Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. Arguments are likely to center on where — and who — the funding for the SDGs should come from, as well as long-standing controversies around women’s rights, “new” issues such as climate change and disasters, good governance, and peace and security.
Those speeches will inevitably focus on the importance of ending poverty by 2030 — but what will mark the genuinely ambitious out from the pack? Below are our five questions for heads of state and government ministers that will address UNGA.