Changing the approach This approach may fix problems in the short term. But in the long term the broader contextual factors
"This is not our priority" is what we used to hear from programme officers in many countries when we would speak to them about improving child development and mental health. The mental health needs of young people have been largely ignored and unmet.
Economic growth will help achieve the Global Goals but it is not enough. It needs to be inclusive and sustainable growth that tackles the injustices and inequalities in our societies head on and makes the protection of our planet a real priority.
Kenya is one of the countries where maternal health is still lagging far behind. Kenya has a tremendous opportunity to do even more to help women and children have better healthcare, and so improve their lives.
The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.
On September 27, the 193 States Members of the United Nations adopted a new set of global goals for sustainable development intended to empower and guide the world's efforts to eradicate poverty, end hunger and address climate change by 2030.
Ultimately, there is a mismatch between the global agenda and what's needed on the ground. As Johnny Cash intimated, we're often not doing what people really want us to do, or what they really need.
The tardiness of the SDGs should stimulate increased urgency for accelerated commitments and investments towards the attainment of these goals, and in the meantime makes me contemplate on a criticism I hear quite often about the UN being "all talk".
BEIJING -- What does China actually mean by the term "eco-civilization?" It is a concept drawn from Chinese experience over the last few decades, as well as China's traditional philosophy of harmony between human beings and nature. It argues that economic and social development can be advanced in a manner that protects the natural environment rather than simply destroying it. The key to this lies in transforming both industry and the nature of the energy inputs that sustain it.
First and foremost, is the objective to "End poverty in all its forms everywhere." The universality of this goal is something that Jesus surely would have embraced.
The new Sustainable Development Goals are historic, ambitious and achievable, but not if it is 'business as usual'.
When I finished writing, I motioned for them to do the same. They all looked down, but made no move to follow suit. It was only after some time had passed that one of them spoke: "We don't know how to." For the first time in my life, I was left speechless.
Yes, they were bullshit. And yes, they were probably worthwhile. In other words, the MDGs may -- may -- have been the right development initiative for the world of the late 1990s, but they are increasingly irrelevant to the one we have now.
Still, advocates aren't celebrating just yet.
With an estimated seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, it has also become easier to reach almost every household on earth with important information to influence their lifestyle and their choices. The pursuit of the SDGs will no longer stay the purview of the polity or parliaments but is in all of our hands. We must use our access to technology as a tool to shape our common journey.