By First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
IN September, the UN General Assembly in New York will provide the backdrop for national governments to agree the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These new, high-level aims are part of a global approach to tackling poverty and inequality between now and 2030 and form what the UN has called "a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity that also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom".
The SDGs themselves offer a vision of the world that I believe people in Scotland share. From ending poverty to combating inequality, the aims set out by the UN form an agenda for tackling some of the world's greatest problems.
Unlike their forerunner - the Millennium Development Goals - these new aims will not be restricted to developing countries. Instead they will be universal, applying to all countries - including Scotland.
And that is why I am delighted to confirm that Scotland has become one of the very first nations on Earth to publicly sign up to these goals and provide leadership on reducing inequality across the globe.
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