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Leymah Gbowee

UN chief enlists stars and VIPs to promote new UN goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has enlisted stars including Shakira, Forest Whitaker and Lionel Messi along with global VIPs to campaign for achievement of the new United Nations development goals by 2030.

Ban said in a statement Tuesday that the 17 "advocates" will be promoting the 17 goals adopted by world leaders at a U.N. summit in September that are "a to-do list for people and planet."

The goals call for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change. They follow the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2000 which were to be achieved...