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As a proud father of a five and three-year-old sons, the recently endorsed and soon to be launched Sustainable Development Goals take on an even deeper meaning and urgency. My sons will be coming of age just as the promise of these new goals will either be realized or broken. When I walk through the entrance of the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington D.C. for work each day, one of the first things I see are the words “We dream of a world free of poverty” emblazoned on the wall.

The city of Sarajevo has vivid reminders of the horrors of war and the uncomfortable fact that violent conflict is n…