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Rap music, sodas, appetizers and a young audience hungry to debate rapidly filled Beirut's Teatro Verdun this week, long before the Social Good Summit's official starting time of 4:30 p.m. It was the fifth time the summit has taken place in Lebanon, and no attendees wanted to be left behind.The 17 SDGs – ranging from "No poverty" (aimed at ending poverty in all its forms) to "Partnerships for the Goals" (strengthening the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) – replaced the Millennium Development Goals when the former were adopted on Sept. 25, 2015, by the U.N. General Assembly in New York. During that session, the General Assembly set the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, designed to shift the world onto a sustainable path taking into account the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic.This year's event was divided into three parts, each with a different focus: human rights, participation in elections, and business opportunities and success stories.The second part of the summit was devoted to electoral participation, particularly in university and municipal elections.Many told personal anecdotes connected to the summit's various themes.
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