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United Nations Agree to Sustainable Development Goals, September 2015

In 2000, United Nations (UN) members unanimously embarked on a bold experiment with the initiation of 8 Millennium Challenge Goals (MCG) to tackle global poverty. Fifteen years on, that effort is touted as "the most successful global movement ever against poverty". The UN members have come together once again to outperform the previous effort, and chart a course for the next fifteen years with seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Hunger, nutrition, agricultural production, and threats to agriculture from disease, climate change, and drought formed international agricultural research collaborations that were critical to MCG success; and will continue to have a major role in the SDG.

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