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    Russia believes that the fight against poverty, non-communicable diseases and drug threat are the priorities of the post-2015 global development agenda, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Wednesday at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The Post-2015 Development Agenda is the United Nations-led process of defining future aims and goals for the member states.

    The UN special summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda will be held on September 25-27, 2015, in New York.

    The UN has proposed six themes to be discussed during the summit, including eradicating poverty, tackling climate change, building strong economies, promoting peace, renewing global partnership and reviewing progress on sustainable development goals.

    "Russia regards the new agenda as a universal action plan to achieve the sustainable development goals [for the period after 2015,]" Gatilov said at the ECOSOC session.

    After the session, the diplomat told Russian journalists that the development issues will be discussed at a special high-level meeting during the UN General Assembly 70th session in September.

    According to Gatilov, Russia’s priorities in the post-2015 global development agenda include the struggle against poverty and drug threat.

    "Road safety and struggle against non-communicable diseases are also important for us," Gatilov said.

    Russia will also contribute to the development of the named spheres in the frameworks of its cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

    In June, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UNDP senior official Helen Clark signed an agreement to launch a $25-million trust fund between the Russian government and the UN agency.


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