A global commitment to combat extreme poverty and inequality agreed in a blaze of publicity last year needs to be put into action before it is too late, a UK-based think tank on development and humanitarian issues warned on Monday.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) warned in a report that slow implementation of the UN's global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), would stall advances against rising global inequality.
UN member states agreed last September to a 15-year blueprint with 17 ambitious goals and 169 targets to try to tackle the world's most troubling problems.
The ODI report, titled "Leaving No One Behind", was released ahead of a high level political forum in New York from July 11-20 to follow up on the goals.
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