January 28th, 2019

How Can We Achieve the SDGs? Strategic Policy Directions

The state of the world is paradoxical. The good news is that the world income in 2018 was around $135 trillion according to the International Monetary Fund, measuring world output at “international prices.” That was an average of roughly $17,500 for each of the 7.7 billion men, women, and children on this planet. That sum is obviously enough to end all extreme poverty, ensure universal access to healthcare and quality education, and to pay for the investments needed to ensure environmental sustainability for future generations and other species. We are indeed a rich planet.

Now, at the same time there are some other startling realities.

In the developing countries, children under the age of 5 still die in large numbers as the result of extreme poverty. It is estimated that around 1.7 million children under 5 years old died in the low-income countries in 2017, and another 3.6 million children under age 5 died in the middle-income countries. This compares with 74 thousand deaths of children under 5 in the high-income world. Almost all of the 5.3 million deaths of children in developing countries could actually be prevented, if the rich world would do more to help poorer nations to ensure access for their citizens to safe water and sanitation, adequate nutrition, basic health services, and safe energy (including clean cooking fuels and electricity).

That is not all…

Read the full article in the Dubai Policy Review here.


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