Recently, I visited a slum area near by my dwelling to see my domestic worker as she was ill since many days. Visiting all kind of places, meeting new people and exploring bona fide life stories is always my favorite thing to do. Nearly, 5 minutes drive from my home, I just enter the area , apparently become a part of some other planet! A dark smoke grape me around because on both side of road, there is heap of garbage set on fire, the population belongs to labour class but the highly dismal living condition of the area is absolutely not worthy for human to live! Hardily, any sewerage system, no civic facility exist but the most disappointing thing come to my knowledge that around 30-50 thousand population of this locality but there is no school, hospital or Basic Health Unit (BHU), even there is no any skill/tuition center nor any small factory or any employment opportunity, therefore major occupation of people is doing labour work to other part of city.
Interestingly, On the same day, I have attending a seminar which is organized but a renowned development organization on “Sustainable development goals (SDGs)- the progress and way forward” the lavish seminar has been attended by hug participation from government officials, politicians, Civil society representatives, media and social activist. Beautiful words, interesting presentations, media coverage, crisp speeches, counter arguments, selfie, smiling faces on group photo and at the end delicious and plenty of food! every miner and major element for a great party was there but then I realize that how empty and soulless of the Programe was! what I missed there, the sense of true existence, the pain and bitterness and feeling of people who are living helpless and isolation, alive in deep sense of deprivation. I found the true picture of SDGs in that slum area instead! In 17 goals of development agenda that world strive to achieve by 2030 is actually existing there, in that slum. When I connected myself with the people of the slum area and then how I realize that this is the real world!
The SGDs :Poverty, hunger , health, education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, renewable energy, good jobs and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, reduce inequality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, climate action, life below water, life on land, Peace & Justice and partnerships for the goals. Every agenda was there in that slum area as to be waited to resolve and to be address!
The gap is so obvious and devastating, are we doing something meaningful to bring real change on ground? I was so disappointed with myself that how can I be so ignorant and unaware about the people of my neighborhood place who living in subhuman conditions, the place that is so close to my posh area and i did nothing for them even ever notice them!
Is that how far from each other the global development agenda and actual ground bitter realities? is that only government or authorities responsibilities to work for achieving these development agenda or is there any individual and collective responsibility come across with each and every shoulder?
Before knowing answers these questions lets articulate what Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are?
SDGs are quite new phenomena as declared in 2015, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that all UN member states are expected to use to frame their development agendas and socio-economic policies during 2015-2030 so that a sustainable world is realized. In September 2015, the United Nations has adopt Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have expire in 2015. Implementing the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development, SDGs are much broader in scope than outgoing MDGs. One of the strengths of the SDG framework is its recognition of the direct linkages among human well-being, economic development and a healthy environment.
The SDGs cut across all areas of society from health and education to ending poverty and achieving gender equality, through to tackling climate change and utilizing natural resources sustainably therefore the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges and will guide our development priorities for an entire generation. The goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda are interconnected, aiming to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
These global development challenges guide our development priorities for an entire generation, this is most significant, organized and high priorities in which entire world and global community agreed. Obviously, every country has its own dynamics and challenges but more or less every country would follow may be some of these.
In Pakistan, as we are living in the age of globalization, these SDGs are ultimate and foremost to be achieved as without solving our basics human needs and obtain bottom civic facilities, we never stand among civilized and progress as a nation. The gap of have and have not, the split between deprived and privileged should be cover up. For this direction, we need to take drastic and solicited actions, no matter, how difficult is but we need to come out from our comfort zone and do some action as an individual or collective, start thinking out of box, in box or may be without box! But at least start thinking! As it says in given “ collective complement” for Pakistani nation that “ we are the people who do not make even proper plan of action that what do we do with trash or garbage? Keep laying as it is or just set on fire” where ever go, the constant thing showing up is trash! Isn’t?
Only proper trashing can cover four major SDGs while sanitation, renewable energy, climate action and life on land would be address and these small actions will contributes to development at community level to global. We should stop looking outside and some other hand to do, the need to raise awareness on SDGs at local and community level to engage specially youth in development process and to define effective interventions with local resource to address global agenda by resolving local development issues.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not NGOs jargon, a project or a Programe but this is everyone’s own existing issues and real life agenda! We should try to develop a connectivity and encourage affirmative actions from local to global significance, surly it is relatively under-highlighted topic for common man concern but let’s start talk about SDGs and its implications in our daily life, So after reading this blog, what do you do towards achieving SDGs?
About Samreen Khan Ghauri
She is a Multi Media Journalist, Passionate Development Activist & Entrepreneur, she can be access on firstname.lastname@example.org & @Samreen_ideas