Out of the eight Millennium Development Goals, six are directly aimed at the developing world.
And rightly so. Everybody deserves a full belly, education, a healthy child, maternal care and a life without HIV/Aids, TB or malaria.
But aren’t we in the process of making a big mistake? Why are six of the MDG’s only looking at the poor(est) of the world? At those that only consume a fraction of the world’s resources. At those that hardly pollute. At those that live much more in balance with nature.
Let’s also look at ourselves.
Maybe if there were eight goals specifically for us in the developed world, we could just make this planet a bit nicer. And to do justice to those in need, I suggest that we let the developing world come up with those eight goals. Imagine that.
I can’t speak for those in the developing world, but the thought about the eight goals for the developed world has kept me busy and I have come up with:
1. END GREED AND OBESITY
-Half by 2015 the greed employed by banks, bankers and the stock markets. The worst crisis we face since the first world war is solely to blame on the criminal greed of those understanding the system and exploiting the innocence of the masses.
-Eradicate by 2015 overweight. The way the west is consuming food has not only increased in quantity, but also decreased in quality. Add to this the lack of movement and sports and it becomes clear that we are not getting prettier. More food could go to the developing world or stay there.
2. ECONOMIC EQUALITY
- Remove by 2015 all trade barriers for developing countries.
- Half by 2015 the farmer subsidies in the developed world.
3. ARMS INDUSTRY
-Half by 2015 the amount of arms transfers to developing countries. This will directly decrease war and increase development.
4. MENTAL HEALTH
- Half by 2015 the amount of people having to look for psychological help. The rat-race for money is not going to make you and those around you any happier. The costs are extremely high. Create quality time.
- Half by 2015 the people on sleeping medication.
- Half drug abuse by 2015.
5. COMBAT HEART DISEASE AND CANCER
- Eradicate by 2015 unhealthy food, unhealthy packaging materials and work related stress.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL REBUILDING
- Double by 2015 efforts to save our own biodiversity. Not only seek environmental sustainability, but environmental enrichment.
7. GLOBAL DOMINANCE
- Establish by 2015 a Summit of the G40, in which 20 of the richest and 20 of the poorest economies have a seat, each with equal voting rights.
8. PARENTAL CARE
- Half by 2015 the amount of divorces. Children have the right to grow up in stable environments.
Setting these goals for ourselves will lead to a significant saving of costs, money that will make the 0,7% target a lot easier to achieve.
If you had the chance to add a goal or target, what would that be?