If you were cooking up a meal, would you like to leave it halfway? If you had to sing a song, would you leave it mid-way? Then why should we leave mid-way the global goal to end poverty and eradicate hunger by 2030?
Today, there are 795 malnourished people in the world and half of the world’s population – more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 (INR 162) a day. And this is half of what the actual number was in 2000, and this remarkable milestone has been achieved because of the Millenium Development Goals of 2000.
In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the subsequent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was officially adopted by 193 member states of the United Nations. These goals have been criticised by many, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, who believes that too many goals and targets will make them difficult to communicate to the people. The Copenhagen Consensus Centre, an economic research institute, has also criticised the SDGs as being excessively vague and too expensive to achieve. But, with poverty and hunger halved, should we stop halfway? Wouldn’t you want to see the world as an equal space, where everyone has access to equal resources?