First Vice-President Timmermans gives speech at United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

On Friday 25 September, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at a special UN Summit in New York which was attended by more than 150 Heads of State and Government. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans is leading the European Commission delegation in New York. The Commission welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and published a detailed Memo on the goals adopted. In his speech to the UN Summit on Sunday 27 September, First Vice-President Timmermans said: “The Sustainable Development Goals are not just for some countries, but for all countries…Yes, the list is long. But these goals are comprehensive because they reflect the reality of today’s world – and the way today’s problems are daunting, complex, interlinked…The models that worked for so many of us in the past are not ones that will work for all of us in the future. We have to redefine our societies, our relationship with nature.” The full speech of First Vice-President Timmermans is available here.