HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for New York to attend the 70th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly which began its current sitting on the 15th of this month.

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According to State media Mugabe is accompanied by his wife Grace Mugabe, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa and other government officials.

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The 70th session of the General Assembly is being chaired by Mr Mogens Lyketoft, a Danish national and former speaker of parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Finance.

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The session is being held under the theme: ‘The UN at 70 – Road to Security, Peace and Human Rights.’

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The session will see other heads of state and government from different parts of the world converging in New York for the high level meeting on the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda and the general debate where the heads of state are given an opportunity to address the general assembly.

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The high level segment of the session’s theme will focus on the post 2015 development agenda titled ‘Transforming Our World – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’

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It is the outcome document of the inter-governmental negotiation process which started in January 2015 and ended last month.

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Heads of state and government are expected to consider, adopt and sign the outcome document during the summit to adopt the post 2015 development agenda to be held from 25 to 27 September in New York on the sidelines of the high level segment of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

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The new agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to begin on 1 January 2016 builds on the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end on 31 December 2015.

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The parameters of the SDGs are people, prosperity, planet peace and partnership which are anchored on the economic , social and the environment.

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The goals are aimed at eradicating poverty in all its forms everywhere.

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Individual member states will implement them according to their specific national realities, policies, priorities and levels of development.

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The inter-governmental negotiating process identified 17 SDGs and 169 targets that were incorporated into the post 2015 development agenda.

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The SDGs are ending poverty in all forms everywhere, ending hunger, attaining food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well being of people of all ages.

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They also agreed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality of education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all and achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, among other things.

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A high level meeting co-hosted by Chinese President and UN Secretary General on gender equality and women’s empowerment will also be held on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

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President Mugabe is also expected to join other world leaders on a roundtable on South-South Cooperation in the spirit of realising the new SDGs.

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To attain the new goals, member states have stressed the need for domestic mobilisation of resources and forming private sector partnerships to fund the different programmes and projects.

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