UN sets sight on global initiatives

In light of tragic humanitarian crises that have plagued our world, there has been an ongoing effort to fight for the basic rights of people.

With the help of organizations devoted to humanitarianism like the United Nations, there has been significant progress in these global issues. Several initiatives have been enacted to remedy the inequalities of the world and the newest one is the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

More than 150 world leaders have gathered at the United Nations to enact a new initiative for the betterment of the world’s people. This initiative is the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Through this plan, both the United Nations and the world leaders that have enlisted onto the program have adopted a 17-point plan to fight off pressing social issues. Ending poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change are the main goals of the program to build peaceful societies by the year 2030.

The more significant 17 overarching goals consist of ending poverty and hunger, bettering the health and well-being of the world’s people, increasing the quality of education around the world, establishing gender equality, implementing clean water and sanitation systems, encouraging the use if clean energy through renewable resources, making sustainable cities and communities, and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

To accomplish these bold yet achievable goals, the United Nations is working together with world leaders to implement appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, ensure that all men and women, particularly in poor regions, have equal rights to basic services and create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels of government to support the advancement of those indigent.

This would build resilience among the poor, especially those in vulnerable regions, to reduce their risks against extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Endeavors like this have been accomplished before through programs such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), also sponsored by the United Nations, conducted from 1990-2002.

As a result of this initiative, average annual incomes increased by 21 percent, the number of people in extreme poverty decreased by an estimated 130 million, life expectancy rose from 63 years to 65 years of age, and access to water increased by eight percent. The United Nations hopes to continue this trend into the next 15 years through the Global Goals Campaign.

This campaign is deeply rooted in citizen involvement. It empowers regular people to take an active part in their governments to spark systematic change, but lifestyle changes in people’s lives can influence the outcomes of the campaign.

With the strength of everyday people behind these goals, our nation’s leaders along with other world leaders will feel more inclined to follow through on these goals to achieve them by 2030.

This solidarity behind the Global Goals initiative was seen right here in Miami during the Under ONE Sky event at Unity on the Bay. Many civil-society campaigns based in Miami banded together before the announcement of the campaign was released to raise awareness and ensure that these world leaders are held accountable to uphold the aspirations of the Global Goals campaign.

According to the Global Goals Campaign mission statement, “If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. You can’t convince world leaders to do what needs to be done if you don’t know what you’re convincing them to do. It’s the same wherever you are in the world.”

Speaking up about the initiative and informing the masses spreads the United Nation’s message against the crippling consequences leaving the world’s issues unaddressed. Anyone, no matter their individual circumstances, can get involved in the initiative and be a part of the change that leads to the betterment of the world’s people.