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Are We On Track, Towards Achieving The Sustainable Developmental Goals, (SDGs)?

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In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly, set 17 global goals called, ‘The Sustainable Developmental Goals’, (SDGs), which is, primarily, aimed at solving and creating lasting solutions to basic problems in the world, by the year 2030.

No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education and a number of others made up a 17 lists of the SDGs goals.

In 2016, during a Press Conference, Ban Ki-moon, (then, United Secretary-General), stated as follows: “We don’t have plan B because, there is no planet B!”.

This statement, has spurred lots of individuals and organizations around the world on, to look deeper into these goals and tried in their own capacities, to work towards the actualization of this project.

With the government, private organizations and individuals, pouring everything they have towards the actualization of this project, there are some factors, which, I fear, will make it a little bit hard, to actualize these goals.

In the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018, Antonio Guterres, (UN Secretary-General), stressed that, “With just 12 years left to the 2030 deadline, we must inject a sense of urgency,”

It was also gathered that, although, there has been significant progress made, in terms of mortality rate, people living below the poverty line and access to electricity, there is still a major challenge, in terms of conflict, inequality and climate change, poverty and hunger.

“There is a need for political leadership, adequate resources and commitment, to further expand on tools available, for data collection, production and dissemination, to ensure that, all countries have rigorous evidence and comprehensive data, to guide programs and efforts, towards 2030”, stressed Francesca Perucci, UN Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, (DESA).

These factors have a lot of branches that are causing “big” problems, towards the actualization of the SDGs.

Conflict and climate change, have been one of the main reasons, why there is food insecurity, with approximately 38 million more hungry people in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.

Across the world, basic sanitation still remains another challenge, with more than 2.3 billion people, lacking basic sanitation and this has caused the rise of malaria, to 216 million in 2016.

The good thing about all this, is that, we now have, verified data, to checkmate the progress made and where more work needs to be done, but saying that, we can achieve all the SDGs in 2030, looks somehow bleak.

But, who knows? Nothing is impossible!


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