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Adopted on September 25, 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) outline 17 goals that must be achieved in order to eradicate extreme poverty, address inequalities, and reduce climate change worldwide by 2030. This day marks the 4th anniversary of the UN SDG’s. These goals are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social issues while tackling global climate change. On September 25th the UN will convene the Sustainable Development Goals summit in New York to comprehensively review progress made toward implementation of the SDG’s by 2030. The ultimate goal is to ensure fair and just globalization while protecting the planet from climate change and preserving its biodiversity. It aims to transform our world and to improve people’s lives and prosperity on a healthy planet. Countries, regions, cities, the business sector and civil society are actively engaged in implementing the agenda of the SDGs. They are mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The summit will be a space to discuss the huge efforts that are being made and to identify future actions for accelerating progress towards the SDGs.

Holy One, today we pray that all people will continue to work together and re-double our efforts to help all people of the planet live in peace and promote prosperity for all in an equitable and sustainable way. Thank you for the blessings of Earth and the unique gifts that each person brings to life on our planet. We, along with all creation, give you praise and thanks.