"Lecture by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at University of the South Pacific

16 March 2017


....To place the 2030 Agenda in context, you need to go back to the Millennium Development Goals."


[Misleading.

In reality you need to go back to the pre-existing UN development agenda

That means what nations actually agreed in resolutions of the General Assembly in previous years, and in the years after the 'MDGs' were first mentioned in 2001. 

The UN development agenda, reaffirmed by world leaders in 2005 and 2010, was all the conference and summit outcomes and arguably other General Assembly resolutions, not just the "MDGs".

It includes the explicit sustainable development conference outcomes of 1992, 2002 and 2012.

Comparing SDGs to 'MDGs' rather than also looking at existing SDGs makes little sense.]



"As some of you may know, the MDGs came into force in September 2000,"

[Incorrect and misleading.]


"and aimed to achieve eight central goals in developing countries by 2015."

[Incorrect.  For example, Goal 1 is to end extreme poverty and hunger.   It may be a common misconception that earlier goals or commitments "expire".]


Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Lecture at University of the South Pacific
16 March 2017
http://www.un.org/pga/71/2017/03/16/lecture-at-university-of-the-south-pacific/