Having goals is good. But in my opinion, the UN is handling symptoms instead of solving the causes of the problems. It is likely that, the way the Organization's goals are being presented, we risk to push forward any reasonable chance to actually reach them. Let's now check the feasibility of each one of them.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
At this moment there are nearly 7 billion people in the world. The last exact count of 2000, showed
- 811 million in Africa - 3,719 million in Asia.
Predictions for 2050 say that - Africa will have nearly 2,191 million - Asia 5,142 million,
more than double of today’s population for both continents together. Predictions also say the population on the other continents will hardly grow (from 1,591 million to 1,970 million) In Asia, nearly 60% of the population is in a constant state of hunger. Poverty and hunger will never be eradicated if the problem of overpopulation is not tackled first.
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Good idea, education is the main pillar of development. But how are you going to educate children if the nearest school is at 2 hours walking distance? If the development countries don’t have enough infrastructure, schools and efficient transport to bring the children to the schools, it won’t work.
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Women are the driving force of societies. However, with the growing influence of Islam in Africa, women will be pushed back into a less important position, prioritizing their role on the private sphere of society, rather than public. Muslims should first change their vision on the role of women in society.
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality rates
Goal 5: Improve maternal #Health
Both these goals are linked and revert back to the most import target: birth control. If fewer babies are born, these 2 goals will be reached, as the amount of resources available for each case will increase.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Of course AIDS needs to be cured, but it certainly isn’t the main cause of death in the world. Africa has the highest mortality rate for AIDS, which can easily be lowered if the people are educated on having safe sex (which unfortunately is not supported by the Catholic Church). Another cause of diseases is lack of hygiene. Millions of people in development countries don’t even have a toilet.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
The cause of this problem can be found in the western industry. As long as the western world keeps exploiting the development countries, there can never be a balance. American and European companies are only interested in making profit. Consumers are always looking for cheaper goods. Both are at the expense of the development countries. If we don’t change our attitude, we will never reach these goals.
- Lower the overpopulation by educating people on birth control
- Improve infrastructure, water supply and hygiene
- Change the western profit-based attitude