Semih Idiz | Aug 15, 2018 | 0
Are Governments the Biggest Obstacle for Us?
The one of the major duty of governments is quite simple.
One of the major duties of governments is quite simple. Basically, governments always develop economic, cultural and social policies for the international and national level. If these policies are inclusive, innovative and solve the real problems, they would be successful. On the other hand, I argue that governments usually develop wrong policies for their society and the world. For this reason, I promote provocative thoughts on all types of governments’ policies in the world.
According to World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey 2017, the most serious problem of the world in the eyes of the millennials are climate change/destruction of nature (48%), large-scale conflict/wars (38.9%), inequality (30.8%), poverty (29.2%), religious conflicts (23.9%), transparency of governments or corruption (22.7%), food/water security (18.2%), lack of education (15.9%), safety/security/wellbeing (14.1%) and lack of economic opportunity/employment (12.1%). I believe that these troubles are highly related to wrong policies of governments all over the world.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a very popular phenomenon in today’s modern world of ours. The United Nations accepted seventeen SDGs in January 2016. SDGs include the following goals: elimination of hunger and poverty, the creation of clean energy resources, the reduction of inequalities, the support of responsible consumption and production models, the provision of quality education, the provision of democracy and peace at every corner of the world. Civil society organizations and private sector develop influential and innovative projects with respect to SDGs rather than the governments. In addition to this, governments know that a variety of complications radically increased because of their wrong policies. Therefore, I suggest that governments, which always develop wrong policies, do not stand a chance to exist, in the long term.
I am going to present some numbers to draw a general picture of today’s world with respect to seventeen SDGs. Unfortunately, this picture will be more or less pessimistic. According to the UN’s statistic, 767 million individuals must live below the international poverty line which is almost $1.90 a day and these individuals mostly citizens of Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa’s countries. It is obvious that the majority of these states are not democratic or free even if their name has the word democratic in it such as the Democratic Republic of Congo which is also the second poorest country of the world. Global unemployment is also too high and approximately 202 million people (mostly younger generation) are unemployed in the world. However, governments do not develop innovative policies to decrease the unemployment rate in their countries. Furthermore, the health system is another problem for our world. The proportion of child deaths is too high (four out of every five deaths of children under age five) in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia because health systems or policies are not efficient. In addition to this, some government officials put sarcastic discourses for illnesses, for instance, India Health Minister assumed that people get cancer because of their past sins. It is quite a significant case that how government does not take action via policies to prevent the problem. Access to clean water and sanitation is also related to individual’s health. According to the UN’s statistics, recently 2.4 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation services (toilets or latrines) and 663 million people do not have access to improved drinking water sources.
If I present more negative statistics about the world, you would not want to read this. Therefore, I propose that governments, which do not integrate their citizens into the decision-making process and do not develop effective policies will not survive in the next decade. On the other hand, most of the private companies and civil society institutions will enter governments’ field to solve economic, social and cultural problems via Sustainable Development Goals and Corporate Social Responsibility practices. I believe that one of the CEO’s for instance, Paul Polman from Unilever, will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations, because private companies know challenging problems of the world rather than governments and finding innovative solutions.