The new year has ushered in the official launch of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which will be adopted by a number of countries around the world. The end of 2015 also marks the end of a 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which the United Nations (UN) launched long ago.
The eight goals sought to eradicate poverty, further education, stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, and more. Sadly, as we see more citizens continue to use food banks and social assistance programs, we can see that the United Nations failed to achieve its goal in being able to eradicate poverty even from within the wealthiest of nations. Yet here they are again with another bold plan; agenda 2030.
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Agenda 2030 goals are a “shared vision of humanity and [they are] a social contract between the world's leaders and the people.” It's interesting that he refers to the agenda as a contract with the people, seeing as the majority of the public wasn't privy to any of the discussions surrounding the adoption and implementation of this agenda. Rather, it appears that this agenda is being forced onto the people. “They are a to-do list for the people and the planet,” says Ki-moon, “[they] are a blueprint for success.”
The Paris climate conference which occurred not long ago, was where the climate enthusiasts were really able to see some success with their “groundbreaking accord.” The collectively agreed upon agenda was hailed as a triumph for the planet. While others see it as a plot for further centralization and attempts to establish a global government.
The 17 collectively agreed upon goals require all countries involved to achieve the goals over the next 15 years. Turning this vision into a reality is going to be the responsibility of each nation involved.
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