Humanity needs to be more humane, less selfish, and along with the fight against poverty and hunger, among the many evils that afflict us, it cannot leave behind the survival of the Palestinian people.
Mario Muñoz Lozano
“Leaving no one behind”, the slogan that has accompanied the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since its inception, sounds like a chimera today in a world plagued by constant crises and wars.
In his account of the global situation at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit last September at the United Nations in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres again drew attention to the current global crisis and the growing inequalities between nations. Sadly, of what was agreed in 2015, the current situation allows us to project that only 15% will be achieved, while in some of the proposed goals the progress previously made is being reversed, Guterres said.
In the political declaration adopted, world leaders recognised that the SDGs will not be achieved without a massive boost to the investment needed to achieve just and equitable energy, food and digital transitions, and to transform education and social protection in the least developed countries.
With new vigour, the document seeks to renew the commitment to immediate and collective action to build a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous and resilient world where no one is left behind by 2030. “Leave no one behind” is the motto that has been at the forefront of the global agenda since 2015, but does not seem to be fulfilled.
Leaving no one behind does not only mean the development contribution of 500 billion dollars a year requested from the rich, be it individuals or countries.
The emergency is more worrying when Israel exterminates the Palestinian population in front of the world’s television sets, without any joint action to stop such genocide. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that the death toll from the war is close to 19,000 and that the number of wounded exceeds 50,000 since 7 October, when the latest military escalation began.
However, this figure is actually much higher, it was said, because of the number of bodies that remain under the rubble.
The source added that the health situation in hospitals in southern Gaza is catastrophic and there are no means to cope with the huge number of wounded with a total lack of therapeutic and clinical capacities.
It is clear that Israel and the US are increasingly isolated in the face of international pressure for a ceasefire in Gaza, including a non-binding vote that is expected to go ahead at the United Nations. PL
(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: Pixabay