This week 193 of the worlds leaders are meeting all in one room to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the world. This moves on from the Millennium Development goals which sets out aims and objectives for the next 15 years. It is an interesting time to be a part of these happenings right now and an interesting time to be a part of this kind of politics. Sustainable Development goals are something we can’t over look, something that EVERYONE has an opinion on and something that needs talking about.
What are Sustainable Development Goals?
Back in 2000, The Millennium Development Goals where adopted by 189 world leaders to address: The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, the promotion of Gender Equality and empowering women, a reduction of child mortality, improvements to maternal health, the combatting of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability, and a global partnership for development. Not an easy set to adopt. The full report on the MDG’s is available here. As the 15 year deadline comes to a head the world must now agree on the plan for the next 15 years building upon the success and momentum of the last. The goals back then where aspirational and have been worked on successfully. We have seen positive outcomes across the world but have they really been ‘the most successful anti-poverty movement in history’ according to the UN they have. The Guardian outlines the success of the MDG across the world and everyone has seen a positive improvement, be that by fact or by the manipulation of figures the goals appear to be very successful. We have seen an impressive reduction of Poverty cutting it by 50% by 2010. A report in 2013 outlined some of their initial successes:
…since the millennium have seen the fastest reduction in poverty in human history: there are half a billion fewer people living below an international poverty line of $1.25 a day. Child death rates have fallen by more than 30%, with about three million children’s lives saved each year compared to 2000. Deaths from malaria have fallen by one quarter. This unprecedented progress has been driven by a combination of economic growth, better policies, and the global commitment to the MDGs, which set out an inspirational rallying cry for the whole world.
What are the new 2015 Global Goals? And what do they mean to The Netherlands?
The Dutch have contributed to the goals of the last 15 years. The commitment by the Dutch to its 4 major country priorities have helped the world work towards the bigger world goals. Food security, water, sexual and reproductive health rights and security and the rule of law are the principles the Dutch government are continually working towards. These clear aims pull them together and give focus to the Netherlands and it also states their position in line with the rest of the world. The new 17 Global Goals that will take us up to 2030 tie into those principles too.
My Global Goal
The world has taken these goals to their hearts, as always. Social media has irrupted with peoples opinions and support for the goals and the blog-o-sphere has allowed people to make their mark too, hence my offering here today.
My Global Goal is #5 which arguably comes hand in hand with #10. The only thing that separates men from women is opportunity. Gender inequalities are reducing, this is undeniable across the world but so much more work needs to be done. We are seeing opportunities for women move into the main frame but still they are not on a level page with their male counterparts. More girls across the world are now educated to the extent that in some parts of Southern Asia, more girls than boys are enrolled into some form of Primary or Tertiary education. Women make up almost 50% of workers outside of the agricultural sector and women have gained headway in Parliamentary representation across the world with 90% more women in Government elected positions than in 1995. These achievements are fantastic but now is not the time to be complacent and to stop the work.
Providing opportunities to women is paramount in letting them achieve. Every single one of the 17 goals comes down to the availability of opportunity. Education, Peace, Sustainability none of this is achievable without the implementation of opportunity for those wanting to be involved.
Success should be on merit and merit is only achieved by provision of opportunity for both women and men!
What are your Global Goals? How do you want to see the world change in the next 15 years? Check #GlobalGoals on ANY social media and see what the world wants and listen to the opinion of others. Educate yourself on what is going on in the world. Have an opinion and most importantly voice it!