Conflict, climate change still challenging sustainable dev’t efforts in countries
United Nations said that although more people are leading better lives than a decade ago, persistent poverty and hunger, as well as rapid urbanization, are challenging global efforts to create a more just and equitable world.
“With just 12 years left to the 2030 deadline [of 17 Sustainable Development Goals], we must inject a sense of urgency,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 reveals that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors to increased hunger and forced displacement, among other challenges.
For the first time in more than a decade, the number of people who are not getting enough to eat is trending upwards, and there are now approximately 38 million more hungry people in the world: rising from 777 million in 2015, to 815 million a year later.
Meanwhile, conflict is now one of the main drivers of food insecurity in nearly 20 countries.
The report, nevertheless, points out some good news, such as the significant decline in the number of people living on less than two dollars a day.
That number fell from 26.9 percent in 2000, to 9.2 percent in 2017.