Are SDGs Realistic?

The plan to obtain sustainable development before 2030 globally might look solid, but is it realistic?

The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty, everywhere, permanently. The concept of the SDGs was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.

Now before we start waving other countries’ dirty laundry let’s take a peek under our hood, shall we?

Worldmates shows that while India has 12 per cent poverty ratio, the estimates based on national poverty lines are much higher. The country still has nearly 300 million people living below poverty line. There are many solutions to end poverty but the two most important measures are: productive employment and providing quality education for reduction of poverty. It’s not an easy task to formulate policies for a country with population over 1.3 billion and implementing these policies is another herculean task, considering the current scenario where we do not have strict laws or strong leaders who can part ways with their distractions and gundaraj.
In a country that is currently more interested in banning food items instead of working on reduction of hunger and malnutrition, a country that is more interested in marking someone as anti-national than actually working on providing better facilities to our soldiers, in a country where people look up to celebrities who have criminal cases filed against them, it is going to be a strenuous job for someone who really wants to achieve those 17 targets before 2030.

There are some important steps taken by the government to meet the targets before time, like Swatch Bharat Abhiyan and Girl Child’s right to education but all the corruption that feeds on our system makes the impact way less in reality than what policies promised on paper. On the other hand, media houses owned by these political parties help to hide all the important information which reveals the seriousness of the situation in our country and make the people of our country live with a false sense of satisfaction with the type of work our government does.

And if, as a citizen, you think that making policies and implementing them is government’s job and we do not have anything to contribute towards the greater good, then you are mistaken. Every human who lives in this country is part of the team which will help to make this world a better place for us and the generations to come. No doubt, the government plays the role of the MVP in this team but there is no MVP if there is no team.

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