U.N. Special Coordinator to Lebanon Sigrid Kaag speaks at BIEL, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The United Nations marked its 70th anniversary Wednesday with a forward-looking summit in Lebanon to promote a holistic approach for national development.Talal Salman, a U.N. Development Program adviser to the Finance Ministry, said policymakers must adjust their formulations of rights, belonging and entitlement in this era of displacement and global migration.Worldwide displacement reached an all-time high this year, according to UNHCR, surpassing 60 million people.One particularly ambitious panel, titled "Lebanon 2030," challenged participants to gaze beyond the horizon, to an era when, hopefully, basic public service shortages are a thing of the past. It was tied to the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious, 15-year global agenda to reduce poverty, expand access to justice and protect the environment.
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