As the director and representative of CellBio-London, I was invited to attend a meeting in London. I was excited to attend yet a bit worried to get stuck there listening to boring presentations however I decided to give it a go. I went on time and found a good number of institutions and company representatives there.
After having a glass of juice, the first presentation started with the presenter repeating the term SDGs in almost every sentence. I felt stupid so I took my mobile phone and googled it. It was the first time for me know about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are 17 goals adopted by the UN member states to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It is a universal call to action that needs to be achieved by 2030. In my idea, those 17 goals covered almost everything concerning human and nature rights. The 2030 Agenda holds everyone on this planet responsible for the welfare and prosperity of the world.
According to the World Bank, 10 percent of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day in 2015, compared to 11 percent in 2013. That’s down from nearly 36 percent in 1990. In my opinion, poverty summarizes the 17 goals of SDGs. Poverty means hunger, lack of education, poor health and ignorance that have negative impact on the environment. It is sad to see people from different parts of the world consume, waste and disrespect food while others are eating grass and dying of hunger. We need to teach ourselves and our children to respect food and water.
Speaking about water, it is another big issue knowing that 361,000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhea related to poor sanitation and contaminated water. Contaminated water is also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. 2.1 billion people have no access to safely managed water, 844 million of them are deprived of basic drinking water service.
Another crisis is the lack of proper education and inequality where girls are deprived of education in many poor countries. Unfortunately, I cannot talk about the 17 vital goals in one blog. However, I must say that it is the duty of everyone of us to work towards a better world. We need to tackle poverty and ignorance not only in the poor countries but also in the souls and minds of careless people in the rich countries.
Finally, we need to learn how to appreciate what we have and be thankful to the creator.