When you take all current events into consideration, we really need to join hands and become one, now on.
Our collective destiny is increasingly intertwined, and our shared humanity is even more evident. Let’s put the next 10 years to use, once the current COVID-19 outbreak has abated, and let’s make the period 2020 – 2030 a time for effecting lasting change.
From all that is unfolding before us, it is time we emerged as one family; saw our interconnectedness, and realized the need to work together to address the oldest and most incessant challenges we have long faced as a human family, particularly global poverty.
Coz, even when you look at it from the context of COVID-19 alone, the poorest people on this planet are set to suffer the hardest. From poor health systems to the inability to afford the most basic sanitary supplies. Yet, not only is this a global challenge that has bound us all concurrently, but also, for this to effectively end, we all ought to come out of it together as one family.
It is one thing that best explains why, this point on, we need to come together and support each other; embrace narratives that positively uplift us all; center marginalized voices, and above all, actively amplify those platforms that present the only opportunity for transforming the most unprivileged in society, which such platform, today, are the UN Global Goals.
In the darkest of times, like we are seeing now, our collective fate as a human family really is interdependent.
It clearly underscores why we need to get the UN Global Goals back on track, and to use the next 10 years leading up to 2030 for the good of humanity.
To the world’s extreme poor, the UN Global Goals represent the only glimmer of hope, and certainly the only newfound promise, for a world that is devoid of chronic poverty. But, long before today’s COVID-19 pandemic even hit, these goals had virtually stalled.
For those of us at the very bottom of the pyramid, that means nothing but a future really more grim way beyond merely the current coronavirus outbreak.
It is especially so for those of us who have no networks anywhere on earth, but who had hoped to build a path from extreme poverty by tapping into the collaborative framework laid out by the Global Goals, which framework is now turning out to be elusive.
I am calling on the world to get the Global Goals back on track, once COVID-19 has relented. It’s true, times have changed. But there is a lot we can really do to actualize these goals even now, especially if the global community used these trying times to directly support the people living in extreme poverty.
Besides, with little to no progress made on these goals the last 5 years, it is now essential for everyone who has the potential to instigate progress, to put it to use, even if that means going outside their traditional business model. Ultimately, the Global Goals and a poverty-free world really are for the good of us all.
Let’s become one, this point on, and let’s put the next 10 years to use, once the COVID-19 outbreak abates.
The core message here (on the Global Goals), and the personal plea that follows below, had all been online (on this same URL) for a year before the coronavirus even came, but have only been revised to put current events into context — vis-a-vis the Global Goals.