Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović assessed on Friday in New York in his speech at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development that the world today needs more than ever true leadership and that the UN's goals of sustainable development are accepted at the summit "draft and tools for our better future ".

"Today, more than ever, we need a true leadership. We need people who not only talk about changes but also change things, "said Grabar-Kitarović, as the first speaker at the 154 summit of heads of state and government to adopt the global development agenda for the next 15 years.

"It is not enough just to talk about what is visible and obvious, not enough to be aware or to create a vision for the future. Instead, what we need are people who will do the job, "added Grabar-Kitarović.

The ambitious UN plan, which contains the 17 theme with 169 specific goals, is aimed at reducing extreme poverty, combating inequality and injustice, establishing education for all, and achieving economic growth.

"The seventeen goals of sustainable development that are ahead of us are not just another chapter in the bureaucratic procedure of the United Nations. This is not another volume in the endless archive of this organization. It is a draft for our development for the next fifteen years, a draft and a tool for our better future, "she said.

The Croatian president said that "we are bringing too many global and concrete goals". "I do not agree with that. Our Declaration emphasizes that this is a "far-reaching program of action that has people in its center". That means no one is excluded, "said Grabar-Kitarović.

She added that we are "all together: developed and underdeveloped, providers and recipients of assistance, North and South, big and small."

"We are constantly exposed to well-known problems that we have faced many years of success, as well as new challenges that have been difficult to predict."

"For example, Croatia is suddenly affected by a migration crisis that is far from its borders, and we are not the ultimate point of migration, but this wave of migrants, mostly of Syrian origin, has a great influence on my country and in the region of Southeast Europe", reminded Croatian President .

Grabar-Kitarović held a series of bilateral talks on the margins of the summit in New York, among others with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hungarian President Janos Ader and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

"With Chancellor Merkel I talked briefly about the need to secure borders, especially the border between Turkey and Greece, with talks with Hungarian President Ader on all these issues, we will continue talks in Budapest," said Grabar-Kitarović in a statement to Croatian journalists.

"I thanked the Egyptian president for co-operation in search of an abducted Croatian citizen Tomislav Salopek," said President Grabar-Kitarović.

The Sustainable Development Summit is held from Friday to Sunday as part of the UN's annual general session.

Jubilarno 70. the session of the General Assembly, which many have called "historic", will bring together a number of statesmen - 193 leaders, full member states, non-members like the Palestinian Territories and the Vatican, many international organizations.

The UN's global campaign to accept global development goals will join the Central Park concert on Saturday and numerous stars such as Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Pearl Jam.

(Hina)