One thing you should expect to hear annually for the next fifteen years is the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN and partners. In the wake of increased conflict and natural disasters on scales never before experienced, it is imperative that we take steps to improve lives and protect the planet. For a person not directly impacted or in the thick of hardship, it's almost impossible to care for these noble goals. Despite it all, every single person in this world ought to care. Why?
Affecting the future for a ‘better’ now
It is quite evident that resources are becoming scarcer even though there's a population increase globally. It is hard unless you're directly affected, to see how this aspect is of concern given that we have more choices when it comes to products and services now than any other time in history.
The primary concern is for future generations. Though it'll be hard to tell how accurate Sci-Fi movies have been in painting a grim picture of the environment, the harsh droughts and rising sea waters are a tell-tale sign of how much of it is likely to come to pass. What makes it a global problem is that, despite one's location, everyone will be affected. Natural disasters, famine, and poverty are the likely outcome.
There's a two-degree threshold to a warmer and potentially disastrous planet. What needs to take place is have governments and businesses not sacrifice the future for the sake of economic growth. The more people are aware and have a growing concern, the more we should expect to see a heightened consciousness of the matter and persons doing the research and taking steps to making a social, economic and environmental difference. It is people who make up these systems after all.
It's getting worse
If you've been in the humanitarian circle for the past few years, you may have heard of the phrase ‘donor fatigue.’ The humanitarian crisis is at an all-time high, and this is not exaggeration simply for donor appeal. 60 million people have fled their homes for various reasons. The last time the situation was this dire was during band after the Second World War.
With an average displacement length of 17 years, organizations have to continually seek funding in the midst of emerging conflict and natural disasters. Last year, only a little over half of the money was raised. Public relations Toronto, Washington, London, and other cities, firms, and organization departments have to work even harder.
We can fix it
At first glance, it appears ominous, but there are available plans awaiting implementation. The UN Member States have a critical role to play in fighting hunger and poverty and ending conflicts in their respective countries. Humanitarian aid should not be a source of long-term livelihood in any nation. Governments should cater to their citizens and anyone seeking refuge.
Holistic approaches and collaborations need to be seen more, instead of having different aid actors competing for funds or working alone. Donors have a role to play in committing to fund projects every step of the way, especially in crisis prevention.