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by Xinhua writer Wang Jiangang

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande on Thursday said that education is a key element to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while giving a thumbs-up to China’s success in education.

“I think education is a key element in any effort to achieve the SDGs (the Sustainable Development Goals),” said Muhammad-Bande in an exclusive interview with Xinhua one day before the International Day of Education, which falls on Friday.

People must acquire skills and knowledge through education so they can deal with matters including the eradication of poverty, food production, defending human rights, building partnerships, meeting environmental challenges, and building infrastructure, he said.

“You need education and

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