FILE-Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters. (AP/Seth Wenig)
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A season of goal-setting begins this month as the United Nations launches a new 15-year plan to fight grinding world poverty, improve health and education and quell climate change.The Sustainable Development Goals are set for adoption by the 193 U.N. member states shortly after Pope Francis brings his activist message to the world body on Friday -- a message sure to include calls to pull back from the abyss of a heating world and to spread global wealth among the neediest. More than 150 world leaders, including President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, are expected to speak at a three-day summit dedicated to adopting the goals. The SDGs consist of 17 broad goals and 169 specific targets.Despite significant progress, the only one of those original goals achieved before this year was halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. The goals are estimated to cost the world between $3.5 trillion and $5 trillion a year between 2016 and the end of 2030 .
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