A strong ally for the promotion of a society that contemplates all respecting its multiplicities are the SDGs. Still, for Gabriela, it is necessary to talk more about SDGs, and that the guidelines of each of the 17 SDGs can be integrated into people's lives. "SDGs have been implemented and are in the day to day of people, who are often overlooked or neglected, since the focus of the discussions is 'sustainable development for all' ”, the representative explains.
But it is neither the provisions nor the goals themselves that make difference. We have to act upon them to make the desired differences. The UN itself states that the SDGs are not stand-alone goals as were the MDGs. So it is not that wise to assert this sector/activity helps achieve this goal and that sector/activity helps achieve that goal.
It all starts with a dilemma. On one side, Sustainability is a broad, three-legged concept, that needs agility and flexibility to be addressed properly. On the other side, Academia specializes in providing people with sharp knowledge but often with narrow and confined perspectives. That is why we believe at Black Dot, a non-profit organization run by 10+ volunteers in Gothenburg, Sweden, that we need to complement Academia by connecting students (close to 250 of them so far) from different backgrounds to solve the issues related to the Agenda 2030.
According to Tatiana, energy in Russia is quite cheap and clean. For instance, electric power in Russia is cheaper than in most European countries. Also, according to the World Bank data, dirty coal power generation comprises for less than 20 percent of the total power generation in Russia, whereas in such developed countries as Germany and the U.S. – for about 40 percent, in such developing countries as China and India – for more than 70 percent.
In the past, most national boundaries reflected linguistic, religion and ethnic homogeneity. Until the late 20th century, diversity was considered a liability, not a strength. Today, more than ever society is considered a melting pot with a diverse set of individuals characterized by their ethnic, racial uniformity, set of values, language, residence and culture.
Realpolitik is nasty. If one were to believe Bill Clinton’s words about the House of Cards season being ’99% real’, the mayhem we see in the world — refugee crises, corruption, wars, poverty et al all seem business as usual from the eyes of a politician.