The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, last week rejected a request from the Scottish minister, Humza Yousaf, to join the official delegation to a United Nations (UN) meeting of world leaders to adopt 17 sustainable development goals.
Greening said that the delegation was full of UK ministers and officials so there wasn’t space for Yousaf. He responded by saying it was a “disgrace” that Scotland was being snubbed.
The summit in New York on 25-27 September is expected to be attended by over 150 world leaders. According to the UN, they will commit to achieving three “extraordinary things” in the next 15 years.
“End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change,” the UN said. “The global goals for sustainable development could get these things done, in all countries, for all people.”