For me, it was a hard choice which one of the developments goals I thought was the most important. The UN Sustainable Development Goals covers a lot of relevant and serious topics, and as my first assignment, I chose to write a little about “zero hunger” and why I think that is one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals.
Considering this is a very open assignment, it made me think about what the most crucial development goal was. The first thing that got in my mind was hunger. How excruciating and devastating is it that people from all around the world have to go through their day with extremely limited access to food and clean water. According to UNDP “United Nations Development Programme” in 2014 there were 795 million people chronically undernourished, and today one in four children still goes hungry in Africa and over 90 million children are underweight. Every individual should have the opportunity to feed their families and themselves.
I do believe that more people than myself think about the hungry people in different countries when we end up not eating up the whole plate of food. For as long as I could remember, my mother always says “Think about the children in Africa that do not have any kind of food to be fed with, and that you are sitting here with a full plate of food not being able to finish it. Do not take more food than you know you will eat.” We are so lucky to be living in a country that is one of the worlds richest countries. We have free access to food wherever we go, and that is what “zero hunger” is trying to develop.
The SDGs are trying to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030 – which is 13 years from now. They are hoping that all people, especially children. As for me, a 17-year-old girl, there is not a whole lot of choices on how I could help to stop hunger around the world. My family and I have multiple times sent money to Unicef, helping children to get a meal or two. I hope in the future that there will be a possibility for the rich countries, like the United States or Norway to figure out a way to send in military forces or volunteers on planes to give them large quantities of food supplies.
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