It seems that the hardest part of a plan is its beginning. Despite the continuous work and the varied programs that seek to create a better world, humanity is still facing several hardships, such as economic recessions, environmental catastrophes, different forms of social abuse, illiteracy, etc. This is unfortunately happening even with the firm resolution of the 8th Millenium Development Goals of putting an end to poverty and starvation, eradicating HIV/AIDS, and spreading education by 2015. If we wonder why such difficulties persist, we might find the answer in the inadequate approaches that are adopted and that turn the human endeavor to handle those challenges into nothing but fruitless work.
Tackling many goals at the same time seems to be ineffective. For example, the target of "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions" can never be accomplished without having already established "Gender Equality" and "Quality Education." In fact, these goals are interrelated and complementary in a way that one goal would be the stepping stone to another goal. For instance, can a nation achieve "Good Health and Well-Being" without eradicating poverty and hunger? It is very hard to turn these objectives into concrete reality."Decent Work and Economic Growth" essentially depend on "Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure," and vice versa. Accordingly, it would be better if these SDGs are tackled gradually but not separately. It is obvious that some goals, if well achieved, will pave the way for the success of other –sometimes subordinate—goals. This step by step approach would facilitate the accomplishment of general programs, because transformation does not come at once. Such a better world ought to be built brick by brick for the results to be permanent.
Although I am not entitled to judge or criticize the set of SDGs, I do think that a tremendously important goal is absent. I believe that none of these goals could happen without a firm presence of Liberty, Security, and Order. Corruption thrives among nations with one-track-media and an absent rule of law. Liberty, Security, and Order thus make up one basic goal since it creates a favorable climate of development. The evidence that might best illustrate this point of view is that social or political upheavals and unrest inhibit all sorts of development to a large extent. The poorest African countries might serve as examples because while they show an increase in the level of corruption and tyranny in the system of governance, they indicate a low GDP Per Capita.
Additionally, tyrant regimes all over the world never establish a qualified educational system to obviate forming powerful political opponents, or scientists, who influenced by developed nations, would insist on asking for a democratic reform. Gaddafi’s regime in Libya appears to be the best example. Besides, all nations enjoying social, economic, and environmental development have witnessed a political reform of some kind, which in a way directed the form of government into a democratic one, and extended governmental responsibilities into public services.
Accordingly, in order to reach these goals, Liberty, Security, and Order, or in a softer term – Democracy, must be present not only in a superficial or apparently decorative way but as a deep-seated mindset. This process is an urgent need for the sake of ensuring democratic transitions between governments, reducing corruption, and containing chaos, which will eventually lead to the creation of a supportive atmosphere of development. Consequently, it is rather sad to admit that not all countries are able to adopt this set of goals and strategies. Therefore, in order for the UN to "end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all," in its post-2015 agenda, it should rather start by providing developing countries with "Quality Education", alongside observing and helping their democratic changeover.