‘Nearly every indicator of the U.N. sustainable development goals is off track’: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s report

16 September, 2022

I read this Report in The HINDU, and feel it is a timely wake-up call for the World which may understandably be distracted from committed efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the multiple run of global challenges, often happening at the same time, since 2015, when the SDG Declaration was made at the UNGA, to huge acclaim


‘Nearly every indicator of the U.N. sustainable development goals is off track’: Bill and Melinda GatesFoundation’s report-

‘This year's report, "The Future of Progress," especially noted the impactof the pandemic, wars in Ukraine and Yemen’

‘Co-authored by foundation Co-chairs Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates, this year's report, "The Future ofProgress," especially noted the impact of the pandemic, wars in Ukraine and Yemen, ongoingclimate and food crises, and macro-economic headwinds on global ambitions toimprove and save millions of lives by 2030.’

‘Nearly every indicator of the U.N.sustainable development goals is off track for achieving them by 2030, the Billand Melinda Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers report said on September 13 whilealso noting the impact of COVID-19,the war in Ukraine and climate and food crises.’

Key Take-home for me, include –

*"But this is not a reason to give up. Every action matters to save lives and reduce suffering. Turning away would be a mistake,"

*’They also cite dramatic progressin dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic — a nearly 60% decline in annual deathsbetween 2000 and 2020 — as an example of what can happen when the world invests in long-term solutions and innovative approaches to entrenched issues’

* ‘In her essay, Ms. Gates cites data that shows the world will not reach gender equality until at least 2108—three generations later than previously projected’

*’ "The world should be generous and prevent people from going hungry, but in another sense, it doesn't solve the larger problem. The goal should not simply be giving more food aid. It should be to ensure no aid is needed in the first place," he writes. He calls for increased investment in R&D and other proven solutions to significantly boost agricultural productivity, particularly in Africa, where 14 countries depend on Russia and Ukraine for half their wheat.’

And ‘The co-Authors reminded the Reader of the start of SDG: ‘On September 25, 2015, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to achieve three extraordinarythings by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climatechange.’


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Senior Fellow/Medical Consultant at the Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria, established by HRI Global (former HRIWA). He is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Technical Advisory Group on Integrated Care in primary, emergency, operative, and critical care (TAG-IC2). As the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, he led the introduction of the Homegrown Quality Tool, the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance Programme, in Nigeria (2004-2008). For sustainability, he established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria. His main interest is in whole health sector and system strengthening in Lower, Low and Middle Income Countries (LLMICs). He has written six books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance programme, suitable for LLMICs, including the TOOLS for Implementation. He served as Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association’s Standing Committee on Clinical Governance (2012-2022), and he won the Nigeria Medical Association’s Award of Excellence on three consecutive occasions for the innovation. He served as Chairman, Quality & Performance, of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act 2014. He is member, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health. He is the pioneer Secretary General/Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers. (http://www.hifa.org/support/members/joseph-0 http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group). Email: info AT hri-global.org and jneana AT yahoo.co.uk