It is no secret that the world is cruel towards most its citizens. Every day on the news there is a new broadcast of a mass shooting, a tsunami or dictatorships exploiting their citizens. Some of these are natural disasters, and others a man made.
In 2000, the UN set eight goals to improve the world. These goals targeted poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease. There was made a significant progress over a 15-year span, however it was criticised that they had left out other, equally important, areas. Therefore, in 2015, it was made 17 goals to tackle a whole range of issues, from gender inequality to climate change.
One of the biggest problems the world has today, is still poverty and world hunger. There is a unifying thread throughout the 17 goals and their 169 targets, which is the commitment to ending poverty. So, which one of these goals is the most important?
In my opinion, number 8 the goal which will make the biggest difference and therefore is the most important one. One can argue that education is more important, however education takes time and people living below extreme poverty need decent work now.
When people have access to decent work they will have more money for food, clothes, living and healthcare. In addition, a country with economic growth can invest in education, clean water, infrastructure and the community. Due to the growth of the state, I believe and hope it will work and invest towards a more sustainably society. This way almost all the 17 goals, set by the UN, will be one step closer their purpose.