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Jakarta Post

To make the world better place we act at local level

  • Haoliang Xu


Jakarta   /   Wed, May 8, 2019   /  01:28 pm
To make the world better place we act at local level Urban poor – A resident carries out her daily activities in a slum area in Kapuk Teko, Jakarta. Poverty alleviation is one of prime issues highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global development agenda adopted by world leaders. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

In principle it is much like a New Year’s resolution. However, the consequences of not sticking with this resolution — the commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 — could be catastrophic for the world. That commitment was made by world leaders on Sept. 25, 2015. It is a blueprint to bring prosperity for all people and to protect the planet, but the odds are stacked against us. While the world is trying to meet the targets of the Global Goals, the road ahead is lined with obstacles; so far, we are not hurdling them fast enough. The number one goal is No Poverty. Its primacy is telling because in Asia and the Pacific alone more than 900 million people remain afflicted by multidimensional poverty, such as lack of access to good nutrition, healthcare, education and decent living standards. The most marginalized among ...

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