Sustainable Population Growth: Missing Link in Sustainable Development Goals
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The 193 nations on September 25 2015 have the opportunity to come together and adopt the set of global goals and achieve them in the time frame of fifteen years, The goals will be added to the world agenda at a global summit just before the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN general assembly.
The new goals replace the eight "Millennium Development Goals" adopted at a summit in 2000. Those expire at the end of 2015.
The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals are:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
These goals have been broken down to more specific targets and will be a responsibility upon the governments to keep a track and achieve them.
These universal sustainable development goals for the betterment of people across the globe and the good health of the planet are needed, especially during the period when the whole world is running after money, profits and greed. This is resulting in the destruction of the whole ecosystem whether it is on land, water or the skies. We have brought the planet to the sorry state with our exploitation and the planet in return has started showing us the results of our greed. Climate change and Global warming have become a reality across the whole world, with weather and rainfall patterns changing drastically. Their disastrous have been recorded all over the world by the scientists and are being validated by the recent events such as avalanche and earthquake in Nepal, floods in Jammu and Kashmir in India, California Wildfires around the whole world and the biggest sufferers of these ensuring shocks have the poor and vulnerable population.
The most important goal missing from the list of Sustainable Development Goals is the goal of achieving sustainable level of population growth and it comes as a shock as why such an important and relevant goal was exclude from the list. As far as India is concerned the most pernicious and dominant cause of poverty in India is uncontrolled population growth which exceeds the growth of capital and national wealth of the country. This needs to be halted with all the national might. Natural resources are not infinite, especially when we damage and deplete them by human abuse such as-unlimited pollution, filthy rivers, holes in the ozone layer, CO2 emission, melting ice caps, global warming resulting from the fetish for artificial warming and cooling.
But until the world’s population stops growing, there will be no end to the need to squeeze individual's consumption of fossil fuels and other natural resources. If not checked, slums can develop and there will be many diseases. Hygienic conditions would be very poor and the drainage system will be bad. Clogging and flooding would be frequent. This missing link can become a major cause and backfire in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.