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The Latest: Summit launches ambitious development goals

The Latest: No hunger, poverty in 15 years? Summit launches ambitious set of development goals

The Latest: Summit launches ambitious development goals

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Latest developments in the global summit to launch ambitious development goals for the next 15 years. All times local:

11:45 a.m.

A historic gathering of world leaders has adopted a set of ambitious global development goals that aim to eliminate poverty and hunger over the next 15 years.

Around 150 heads of state and government are at the United Nations on Friday through Sunday to launch what are known as the Sustainable Development Goals.

The adoption came minutes after Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly with his own challenge to world leaders to tackle crucial international issues like climate change and ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

The 17 development goals aim to fight climate change and ensure gender equality and education for all, among other things.

The non-binding goals are expected to cost between $3.5 trillion and $5 trillion every year until 2030.

Updated : 2021-09-27 07:00 GMT+08:00