Efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts represent an important component of the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Agenda, an advance copy of which was presented Thursday to the General Assembly.

“We are now poised to take a major step toward ushering in a new era of sustainable development for all, and era of transformation,” Ban Ki-moon told the UN General Assembly as he shared the report, “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.”

The idea that action on climate change is a key driver of sustainable development as well as an important goal in itself is woven throughout the 47-page report.

“The consequences of climate change have only just begun,” the report states. “Our global commitments under the Charter should compel us to act. Our sense of empathy and enlightened self-interest should compel us to act. Our responsibilities as stewards of the planet should equally compel us to act.”

The Secretary-General’s report proposes that the 17 sustainable development goals could be divided into six broad groups — dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice and partnership.

The Post-2015 Agenda intends to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which, the report says, provided “compelling evidence that the international community can be mobilized” to confront complex challenges.

“Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 3.3 million deaths from malaria were averted, and 22 million lives were saved from fighting tuberculosis,” the report says. “Access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected people has saved 6.6 million lives since 1995. At the same time, gender parity in primary school enrolment, access to child and maternal health care, and in women’s political participation, improved steadily.”.

But the need to address climate change hovers over many of the goals, since climate change exacerbates other threats, according to the report. “It makes delivering on the sustainable development agenda more difficult because of reversing positive trends, new uncertainties, or mounting costs of resilience.”

The need for action on climate change is part of a universal agenda espoused by member states, the report says. “All want action to address climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and to keep the rise in global average temperature below 2 degrees Celsius on the basis of equity for present and future generations and in accordance with common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

“All also want to preserve our oceans, marine resources, terrestrial ecosystems and forests.”

The synthesis report’s recommendations will now be shaped by ongoing deliberations among members states and by the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July. The sustainable development goals could be adopted by member states at a special Summit on sustainable development to be held in September during the United Nations General Assembly.

After the special Summit, in December 2015, governments will gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, to reach a universal agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.

At the Lima Climate Conference, being held this week and next in Lima, Peru, country representatives are debating a draft text of the deal to be negotiated and agreed to at the Paris meeting.

In remarks to reporters at the UN on Thursday, Mr. Ban pointed to Lima as “a very important, crucial venue for member states to reaffirm and make much more strengthened efforts” before Paris.

He said he was encouraged that member states had been showing resolve on the topic since last September’s Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, where more than 100 world leaders spoke, raising the level of global political ambition to address climate change. He cited as examples of that resolve the European Union’s and Germany’s commitment to cut emissions, US and China’s joint statement of commitment and the nearly $10 billion in donations to the Green Climate Fund.