The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities. (Reference: www.undp.org)
THEME  Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation
In response to the increasing threat of the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the need for strengthening the global nonproliferation regime, especially the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), is ever-growing. As we head towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty and the 25th year of its indefinite extension, many states are ready to work with the international community to maintain and further strengthen the regime. A progressive, step-by-step approach to nuclear disarmament is needed, and effective, sustainable disarmament must take into account the international security environment. In this regard, the GLEC calls for people’s attention to global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues, which are crucial factors for sustainable peace.