Humanity is something that we don’t get to see much these days. We see people fighting, cheering for wars, governments toppling down, sickness being prevalent, and poverty rates hitting the roof. Though individual countries, governments and organizations have taken steps to minimize these, not much has come out of them. Granted a few countries have overcome such major obstacles, but most of the countries, especially developing countries are yet to tackle such issues. That’s where the Sustainable Development Goals from the UNO comes in The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals, is an international action to stop pressing issues like poverty, hunger, economic depression and climate change. But, what has this particular project achieved till now? And what can we expect in the near future?
The Sustainable Development Goals program came into effect in January 2016, and it has been an ongoing project ever since. Countries around the world are participating in this worldwide campaign. After millions being spent by companies and governments, a report was called for from the UNO, and the results were not that pleasing. Both industry insiders and the UNO agree that a lot more effort and resources are needed to get this project don. Though the period of this project extends till 2030, the efforts that have been put in have not been worthwhile, and implementation is slow. In UNO’s own words, °progress is uneven°.
When coming to extreme poverty, about 767 remain helpless as the necessary action was not taken. Though advances were taken to combat malnutrition and hunger, a high number of children are still affected by malnutrition. The most alarming fact is that these children are under the age of 5. Under the project also comes the goal to eradicate maternal mortality. Though the rate has declined considerably, an alarming 303,000 women died during pregnancy When coming to children, 53 million children died under the age of 5 worldwide.
The progress in areas of energy is also slow. Sustainable energy was a keen point that was taken up as a goal in the project, and though there has been progress, it’s very small. In fact, in 2012, 43 million deaths were reported due to the lack of access to clean and sustainable cooking fuels. In whole, over 3 billion people lacked access to clean energy.
While in some countries economic growth is seen, the progress is not even and development is not equally shared. Even in countries where economic progress was evident, losses due to natural hazards saw a peak of 250 billion to 300 billion dollars a year
This is just half of the report, In areas of access to water, access and control of data and gender equality, there is still a lot to be don. Mr Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs stated that °Empowering vulnerable groups is critical to ending poverty and promoting prosperity for everyone, everywhere…And by the looks of this report, every single project that has been undertaken is critical.
Industry insiders and business analysts strongly believe that though the UNO is keen in making changes, progress is not evident. They also predict that the rate of progress of the project in many areas is slow, and meeting the target by 2030 would not be possible.