At the beginning of the new millennium, world leaders met at the United Nations with the vision to fight poverty in its multiple dimensions. That vision was translated into eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), that set the global agenda until 2015. Thanks to the concerted global, regional, national and local efforts, the MDGs saved millions of lives and improved living conditions to many more, but the job is not completed yet and must continue in the new development era.
After a strenuous effort, the UN member states, along with NGOs and citizens from all over the world, created a proposal of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with goals set out for 2030. This new development agenda was officially discussed in the Summit on Sustainable Development held in September 2015, as a main event of the UN’s General Assembly in New York, where 193 world leaders committed to meet the objectives in order to achieve extraordinary progress in the next 15 years.