Humanity has come a long way over the past century. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and a thriving middle class has emerged, enfranchising peoples all around the globe. And yet there is still a long way to go. In 2015, world leaders signed up to augmenting the Millennium Development Goals, by way of the repackaged and upgraded Sustainable Development Goals that are part of the UN's 2030 vision.
Like their predecessors, the SDGs tackle a wide variety of topics, far too many for a discussion of this scope. Nonetheless, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on a couple of these SDGs, and the Maltese nation's efforts in making them a reality.
I do wish to provide readers with a word of caution: this piece is by no means an exercise of unrestrained applause. No country is without its faults. Like all states, Malta's record features both good, and remarkably poor sustainable development practices. I have tried to maintain a balance where possible, however I feel compelled to point out where we are lacking, and where we can improve. Commendation is in order when good initiatives have been piloted and maintained; to those I shall give due recognition.