Taliban fighters are pushing to capture Ghazni province in Afghanistan, which lies on the main road between the capital of Kabul and the southern section of the country. There are reports that more than 100 people have died in the fighting.
The "zero draft" of the Sustainable Development Goals by the Open Working Group calls for the end of hunger by 2030. Achieving that goal depends also on tacking climate and inequality issues, says David Taylor of Oxfam International.
The United Nations says the number of refugees displaced by fighting in Iraq has surged to nearly 800,000, with 300,000 refugees from this week's fighting alone. Meanwhile, aid agencies are working to provide humanitarian aid.
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday gave its unanimous support to Iraq, "strongly condemned all terrorist and extremist activities" and urged national dialogue to end the crisis, said Vitaly Churkin, Russia's UN envoy and Security Council president.