1 September 2016

We have a plan for the World's future

This news is redirected by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from the World's Best News.

As part of The World's Best News campaign, development.ku.dk is posting a series of articles on the positive sides of Danish development aid. The original article is in Danish.

It is a far greater challenge than to land on the moon: The UN has made a plan for the course towards a sustainable future for all at planet Earth.

Last year it finally happened. Leaders from all over the world sat down and agreed on a plan to solve many of the world's greatest problems. The plan was called The Global Goals, and consists of 17 great goals for what we need to obtain by 2030.

For example we need to end poverty and hunger globally and give everybody the possitbility for a proper education. All the goals are based on sustainability - and that we both want to live good lives now and pass the world on to our children in a proper condition.

According to one of the world's leading experts in global development, Homi Kharas from Brookings Institution, the new goals have the potential to change the world: "Now there is a common framework which unites different development areas as security, environment, human rights and humanitarian assitiance. The Global Goals bring all these themes together. This can create great change," Kharas says to the Worlds Best News.

Calls for global change

When we improve life for people, we should not forget the nature and the environment which is a precondition for our existence all together. Therefore, many of the goals are about protecting life on Earth and in the world seas, make our production and consumption sustainable, and brake the global warming.

But one thing is to agree on such great goals. It is something else to realise them. "The Global Goals are so great and ambitious that we need new solutions that are far more fundamental than just doing as we are used to," Kharas says. Fortunately we have come a long way. For example billions of people have got access to clean drinking water since 1990. The progress is partly due to the political action that the UN's goals have motivated, argues Homi Kharas: "Leaders are more ambitious when they are compared to other leaders. Nobody wants to be the last one."