Going for sustainable development

People should know they all should join hands to make sure that we can survive in nice surroundings where nobody is afraid to seek to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.

People should recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, should act in collaborative partnership, willing to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the moment we still lack the global political will to take the kind of transformational measures necessary to make the ongoing polluting and people misusing trends, be reversed before it is too late.

This month in many countries, all over the European Union, there shall be an opportunity to bring out a vote on the deepening climate crisis, but also on the human rights elements, which both should be at the top of our concerns.

Climate change is moving much faster than our efforts to address it, and the last four years were the hottest on record. We can not keep ignoring the many natural disasters which have wreaked havoc in nearly every region of the globe and which are demanding many lives (of humans but also of animals).

Last year, more than 35 million people were affected by floods, and when looking at Africa, we can not ignore the drought which is progressing, destroying livelihoods and forcing more and more people to move.
The average number of people exposed to heatwaves has increased by some 125 million since the beginning of the century, with deadly consequences.
The combination of extreme heat and air pollution is proving increasingly dangerous.

The climate crisis threatens decades of progress and jeopardizes all our plans for an inclusive and sustainable development.

And the clock is ticking. Science has clearly told us that we have only 12 years for this transformation, if we want to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

“No country or community is immune. And, as we know, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer, and the worst hit,”

said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Beijing, China, warning that the climate crisis threatens decades of progress and jeopardizes all our plans for inclusive, sustainable development.

UN China/Zhao YunUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Beijing, China

To put it simply, we need green development. We need sustainable development. And we need it now.

We must not see it to dark or not as impossible, as a race to head off a climate catastrophe, with global action rooted in solutions that are sustainable and aligned with the landmark Paris accord and the UN 2030 Agenda it should be possible to ensure a safe and secure planet for all.

All those who can vote should stimulate their own country to have the greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 45 per cent over the next decade and to get to net zero emissions globally by 2050 through strong mitigation and adaptation measures.

We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announced in Paris demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

All those who can vote should bring out their vote to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

All of us have to bear the responsibility and should be determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

Please do look for those political parties who have people or representatives who live like they preach. Look for the parties where the people who want to present your voice are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

As concerned citizens we should be determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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