UN, NEDA present Sustainable Development Goals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — United Nations (UN) representatives together with National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Arsenio Balisacan presented on Friday (October 23) the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the "2030 Agenda."

The SDGs are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals that came to an end this 2015.

The SDGs seek to eradicate poverty and hunger, and promote good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water, affordable clean energy, and decent work and economic growth, among others.

UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Ola Almgren said that for the country, there should be a need to conserve and sustainably use marine resources, as massive reclamation remains to be a concern, such as in the case of the islands in the West Philippine Sea.

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He added that SDGs provide a guide for actions in key areas where countries will have to invest in. But for them to be implemented, there should be national policies in place.

If goals are fully implemented by 2030, leaders said that no Filipino will be left behind.

CNN Philippines' Ivy Saunar contributed to this report.