Environment ministers and representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society and the finance sector met today to build momentum for new policies that will accelerate the transition to a more inclusive and sustainable world by supporting the 2030 Agenda.

The high-level meeting took place on the first day of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, during which more than 150 world leaders will formally adopt an ambitious new development agenda that will serve as the launch pad for global action to promote shared prosperity and well-being.
The German Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, H.E. Barbara Hendricks said, "The big challenge is to achieve, as quickly as possible, the paradigm shift to an economic development that finally respects the ecological boundaries of our planet and at the same time eliminates poverty and hunger. Only a profound transformation can shift economies worldwide onto a sustainable path, ensuring social inclusiveness and conservation of our natural resources."

Read more: Global Leaders Explore Policies to Put World on Inclusive Sustainable Growth Path

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met Tuesday with Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner and high-level experts participating in an advisory meeting on environment and development in support of China's 13th Five-Year Plan - the blueprint for China's economic and social development.

Read more: China Charts a Green Economy Path for the Future as its 13th Five
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