by FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times (opinion)
The Special Summit on Sustainable Development has seeked throughout years to provide countries with ways to cope when something happens in their nations. More precisely, it “seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals”. With 17 goals and 169 targets to comply by 2030, this United Nations committee of the General Assembly is debating how to help member states develop after a health crisis.
One of the recent goals of these committee is goal 17. It was implemented in 2015 to the goal of the 2030 agenda. It is called “Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” and has 5 main points; this being finance, technology, capacity building, trade and systematic issues. In these 5 points, the Sustainable Development Committee is trying a new way to ensure global aid from all member states in case of a crisis.
What is most important about this goal, is the plans and resource for financial aid. A country with a weak economic system and in top of that a health crisis has no almost no chance to recover from it; it is by all means extremely difficult to recover from a health crisis even when the economy of the country is not devaluing, imagine how hard can it be for a country like Liberia to recover from one.
That is why, in the first committee session of the Special Summit on Sustainable Development; third world countries, especially those recovering from a civil war or an economic crisis, are asking for help. Humanitarian, social, economical and political aid from first world countries that have the ways to help them.
It is not an easy task to do, but it is what the committee is aiming for. In order to fulfill with the objectives goal 17 and all of the sustainable development goals have for all member states, they should work together to achieve it proposing new and better solutions that will work in this moment, because it is right now that countries need help.
The Special Summit on Sustainable Development Committee in its first session of the conference.