Editorial Goal of the Month | December 2022

Unless we bridge the yawning chasm between the haves and have-nots, we are setting ourselves up for a world of 8 billion people filled with tension and mistrust, crisis and conflict.

Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres

This edition focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities). The world population reached 8 billion in mid-November and is projected to approach 10 billion by 2050. As the human family grows, it is important to create a sustainable future and fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – “leave no one behind”.

In a recent declarationUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres described the population increase as “a testament to scientific advances and improvements in nutrition, public health and sanitation.” However, he pointed out that inequalities have also grown, noting that a handful of billionaires control as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.

In addition to these, the acceleration climate crisis and the uneven recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic They are “turbochargers” inequalities while the war in Ukraine adds to the continuing food, Energy Y Finance crisis, which hit developing economies hardest, warned the UN chief. These inequalities exact their highest price in women and girlsand on marginalized groups who already suffer discrimination, he added.

Why Goal 10 is important

Inequalities based on income, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and opportunity persist throughout the world. and goes through various aspects of life. objective 10 aims to reduce inequalities within and between countries. High levels of inequality may threaten long-term social conditions and economic developmentdamage poverty reduction and destroy people’s sense of fulfillment and self-esteem. This, in turn, can generate crime, disease Y Environmental degradation. Reducing inequalities and leaving no one behind is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable development goals.

Climate and Water

Disasters exacerbate existing inequalities by hitting the most vulnerable hardest. The recent historic floods in Pakistan are fresh in everyone’s mind. At the last UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, the UN Secretary General described his surprise before the ravages caused by the floods: “There are moments in our life that become unforgettable and that mark us deeply. My last visit to Pakistan was one of these moments. Seeing a flooded area that is three times the size of my country, Portugal. See the loss of life, the loss of crops, the loss of livelihoods.”

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He called for the provision of funds to countries, such as Pakistan, that contribute least to climate change but bear the brunt of its impacts. After intense negotiations at COP27, an agreement was reached to establish a financing mechanism for make up for nations vulnerable to ‘loss and damage’ of weather-induced disasters.

-Read the UN news article: COP27 closes with agreement on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice,’ says UN chief

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More than 90 percent of disasters are related to water. The impacts of climate change are often felt through water – more intense and frequent droughts, more extreme flooding, more erratic seasonal precipitation and accelerated melting of glaciers – with cascading effects on economies, ecosystems and all aspects of our daily lives”, said Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). “And yet there is insufficient understanding of changes in the distribution, quantity and quality of freshwater resources.”

hot off the press, The state of the world’s water resources, The agency’s first report of its kind aims to fill that knowledge gap and provide a concise overview of water availability in different parts of the world. The report said that 3.6 billion people have inadequate access to water for at least one month of the year and that this is expected to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050. The next UN Water Conference 2023 it will address the plight of billions of people who lack access to this life-saving resource.

Lasting Impacts of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of healthcare systems in many countries, signaling the need to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to a affordable, quality healthcare. On December 12, the United Nations will observe the International Day for Universal Health Coveragewhose objective is to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage.

According to the 2022 Sustainable Development Progress Report, the COVID-19 crisis continued to worsen existing inequalities and reverse progress seen before 2020. The pandemic has especially increased relative poverty in many countries, led to a rise in inequality of income and intensified structural and systemic discrimination. , harming millions of people around the world. the World Salary Report 2022-23: The impact of inflation and COVID-19 on wages and purchasing powerJust published by the International Labor Organization (ILO), it provides an overview of how a severe inflationary crisis, combined with a global slowdown in economic growth, has affected real monthly wages in many countries.

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Gender equality

Violence against women and girls remains the most widespread human rights violation in the world. Already accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, its prevalence is now further rising due to the intersecting crises of climate change, global conflict, and economic instability. the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which began on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Womenand will last until December 10, Human Rights Day, is an annual campaign calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Editorial Goal of the Month | December 2022 amplifyHER

Also check out a new 10-part music podcast series called amplifywhich UN News launched last week to help address gender inequality.

food crisis

The ongoing war in Ukraine has interrupted world supplies of food and fertilizer. Sky-high prices are also contributing to a global cost-of-living crisis, the impacts of which are falling disproportionately on developing countries. Already vulnerable households are paying the highest price. the The UN is “continuing intensive diplomatic efforts with all parties to ensure unhindered exports of critical food and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation, exempt from sanctions regimes, to world markets,” a report said. UN spokesperson in a November 29th declarationreporting that the first shipment of fertilizer donated by Russian growershas left the Netherlands for Malawi.

The Black Sea Grains Initiative, negotiated by the United Nations and Türkiye to reintroduce Ukraine’s vital food and fertilizer exports to the rest of the world, it also continues to play an essential role in preventing hunger and famine. On November 17, the total tonnage of grain and other food products exported from the three Ukrainian ports reached 11,186,228 million metric tons. So far, a total of 941 trips have been enabled (470 incoming and 471 outgoing).

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At the recent G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the UN Secretary General urged the world’s most powerful economies to adopt a SDG Stimulus Package which will provide developing countries with investment and liquidity and offer debt relief and debt restructuring. “The SDG Stimulus is a minimal and necessary step to alleviate the food and energy crises and prevent further suffering and hardship in the future,” he said.

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Closing the digital divide

Editorial Goal of the Month | December 2022 computer access

Of the 8 billion people on earth, a staggering 2.7 billion many in developing and least developed countries lack significant Internet connectivity. The 17theInternet Governance Forum (IGF), which is on going in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, charts a way forward for universal connectivity.“With the right policies, digital technology can give an unprecedented boost to sustainable development, particularly for the poorest countries”, said the UN Secretary General. youthe Global Digital Compact has proposed is pinned in human rights and aims to comply with universal connectivity; a human-centered digital space that protects freedom of expression and privacy; and the safe and responsible use of data. he waits for him Compactto agree on the summit of the future in 2024.

transforming Education

Editorial Goal of the Month | December 2022 education

In September, the Secretary General convened world leaders for the Education Transformation Summit. Between key results were several global initiatives, including the International Financing Fund for Educationthat will improve the financing of education around the world, and the Gateways to public digital learning”, whose objective is to transform digital learning resources into public, open and freely accessible goods. It’s also time to ftracking of six calls to action what I’ve got what’s more been announced during the Summitincluding a call to advancme gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women in and through education.

People with disabilities

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Disability inclusion is an essential condition for upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the 2030 Agenda promise to leave no one behind. Observed annually on D.December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will focus on innovation and transformative solutions for inclusive development. Lthrowing the Disability Inclusion Strategy in 2019, the Y The Secretary General undertook to make the Organization an employer of choice for people with disabilities. According to the strategy, the Inclusive communication guidelines for people with disabilities also unfolded in 2022.