World set to embark on UN sustainable goals to eradicate poverty

 作者:柴步     |      日期:2019-03-01 03:19:07
IT MIGHT be too soon to say goodbye to poverty, but world governments are about to set a common agenda to do so – all while trying to save the planet. At a UN summit in New York this week some 150 heads of state are set to endorse 17 sustainable development goals, such as to eradicate poverty by 2030 and to make cities sustainable. “The development goals aim to eradicate poverty by 2030 and ensure a sustainable planet” Some say there are too many goals to be successful, and some of them lack rigour. Nevertheless, many scientists are cautiously rejoicing, because for the first time the targets include rescuing Earth’s critical life support systems. Taken together, they say, the goals acknowledge the interconnectedness of things – that you can’t have health and prosperity without taking the fragility of Earth’s systems into account. “We have been talking about integration for two decades and here we have a set of goals that address it,” says Gisbert Glaser of the International Council for Science. He says the goals represent major progress on the Millennium Development Goals, established in 2000, which ignored wider environmental issues. But for the goals to be reached, we will need financing for development to increase from “billions to trillions”, says David Griggs of the Monash Sustainability Institute,