"The upcoming year will be pivotal for this assembly as we seek to identify the parameters of the post-2015 development agenda," John William Ashe, president of the 68th UNGA session, said in his opening remarks.

"The magnitude of the task before us will require decisive action and the highest levels of collaboration, and we must prove ourselves and our efforts to be equal to the enormity of the task," he said.

The UN is in the last 1,000 days of action toward its anti- poverty targets that are required to be accomplished by the year of 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000.


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