SDGs : A mere TICK MARK exercise ?

No doubt the 2030 Agenda of United Nations is the most ambitious ever human kind plan to revamp the world for better .

The United Nations has defined 189 Targets and 232 Indicators for the total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Targets specify the goals, and Indicators represent the metrics by which the world aims to track whether these Targets are achieved.

If we see from the data availability perspective , the picture is very bleak . Say in the continent of Africa, only 40% of indicators as specified in the SDGs framework are actually backed by the Data. So how can those ambitious SDGs can even be achieved without solid Data base.

Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030

Hence without the readily availability of Data, i think SDGs will remain a mere TICK MARK or check box exercise . The world needs an alternative . It is not all about ‘’Sustainability’’. The collective consciousness should also be included in the matrix . Other parameters of human wisdom and morality are the core elements which are missing in the SDG framework.

Contract Enforcement mechanism is the other aspect which is totally absent in the SDG agenda of 2030. Who will make sure that all countries, especially those in the lower income strata , provide basic necessities before caring for sustainability- the buzz word behind all this SDG mantra.

Last but not least, humanity needs a new theory which combines the axioms of sustainability with global consciousness and intellectual base of human wisdom. In the next article, i will explore the Chinese model of ‘Shared prosperity’ .

Economist by profession ; Activist at heart