UN Sustainable Development Goals

This item from the Global Footprint Network celebrates ‘an important moment in history’ which is  how they describe the formulation of the SDGs culminating an a meeting in New York in September 2015. However, the SDGs are formulated within the framework of unending increase of global wealth and have been subjected to powerful criticism on the Resilience web-site for ignoring the impossibility of ending poverty by across-the-board GDP rise. A 15-fold increase in global GDP (without significant redistribution of wealth) is estimated as needed to end poverty by 2030 which is goal 10 of 17 goals and target 10.1 of 169 targets in the SDGs. This would devastate the natural world and the planetary support systems of Spaceship Earth. Critics of the SDGs also wrote an open letter to the UN which can be found here.

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