World representatives came together at the UN Sustainable Development Summit September 25–27, 2015 in New York, USA with the agenda -Transforming our world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are an intergovernmental set of 17 aspiration Goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues.
These included ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The product being Elysium in which “No one is left behind”.
For some time, world leaders, NGOs, Civil Society leaders, businessmen and other stakeholders come together several times a year in one international forum or another to evaluate global development progress, bring up new recommendations and decide the way forward.
Behind all the effort to “Make the World a Better Place” and “Leave no one Behind”, is one routine disheartening action. There are questionable practices by corporate giants, groups and individuals (the same ones who sponsor and participate in these forums) that have to be brought to the table and even sanctioned.
No one addresses the matter at these summits probably because they are in bed together. These forums turn out to be trade fairs and showmanship arenas, with the funders and key stakeholders piloting the ship. Eventually many of the goals and targets set out will NEVER work because their implementations are self-contradictory.
We can assume that Poverty alleviation (1), Zero hunger (2), Good health and Well-being (3), Quality education (4), Clean Water and Sanitation (6), Decent work and economic growth (8) can all be grouped together because they are directly interdependent on one another. NGOs and large corporations with strategic partnerships to tackle various targets do so in a manner that compromises future sustainability. The UN being at the pivot of it all is ultimately seen as an accomplice.
The promotion and aggressive implementation of GMO food and seeds today for example, especially on the African continent is not only an endangerment to the health of Africans but also will eventually put sustainable farming out of business. Jobs will be lost and poverty heightened, inability to educate children and ultimately a widening of inequality. We see all at once a majority of the set goals loose sustainability and become impossible to accomplish.
In 2012, Russia banned imports of Monsanto’s corn after a French study linked the company’s GMO-product to tumors in lab rats. Russia already has hardline policies against GMOs. Recently, France followed in the footsteps of other European Union countries—Scotland, Germany, Latvia and Greece—and has chosen the “opt-out” clause of a EU rule passed in March that allows its 28-member bloc to abstain from growing GMO crops, even if they are already authorized to be grown within the union. Totally 19 European countries have said NO to GMOs. The same products are being channeled to the African continent in one form or the other, mostly as aid by NGOs.
An overwhelming increase in the occurrence of non-communicable diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancers etc.) in the world today is not only linked to lifestyle changes but also directly to additives in processed food today and the genetic alteration of natural crops. God had a reason for making crops the way they were in the beginning. There is always a price to pay when we alter nature, be it food crops or the human body.
Furthermore, the world has become a breeding ground for so many genetically modified organisms from seeds to animals to mosquitoes at the origin of the Zika outbreak and finally viruses. Recent pandemics of viral origin are a clear example. Nobody is really questioning the actions and ethics of the labs or bodies that carry out the research or highly dangerous testing on humans and animals. These leaders only meet to discuss emergency response plans and funding possibilities when there is an outbreak.
God had a reason for making crops the way they were in the beginning. There is always a price to pay when we alter nature, be it food crops or the human body.
The irresponsible actions in the production and consumption of some countries and corporate giants and individuals have and continue to put the world at risk. Such actions have resulted in the multiplication of terrorism worldwide. Communities living peacefully in love and harmony have been torn apart because the same players finance these acts. If there is ever going to be future hope to attain the set development goals, people have to change their way of thinking. Love for our neighbors in all its simplicity is the key to it all.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Monsanto and friends, Big Pharma and a host of other NGOs and corporations are clear examples of stakeholders whose partnerships in the attainment of the SDGs is doing more harm than good. The UN being the overseer together with its agencies helps to promote these unethical actions. If this continues, nothing will be achieved by 2030. Instead we will end up in a worse off position and the UN just like the League of Nations will be unable to handle the situation. Lets put ALL the cards on the table and address the earth’s fundamental problems honestly.