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Humanitarian catastrophe and SDGs

Published : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 at 12:00 AM  Count : 510
Shammy Akter

On September 25, 2015 at the United Nations Development Summit, 150 members adopted sustainable development agenda consisting 17 goals and 169 targets. Later on, more 43 countries totalling 193 UN members unanimously take pledges on SDGs, master plan of development focusing people, planet and prosperity; 3Ps.
The 2nd anniversary of SDGs is very near, on September 25. What about the pledges taken by adopting countries to strengthen universal peace by 2030? A long journey indeed! All countries and all stakeholders acting in collaborative partnership will ease and foster this journey.
To reach the final destination of development, meanwhile if any massive mishaps occur in world journey, then all members under the "umbrella of the UN" should face challenges and stay beside each other considering humanity and avoiding the call of inhumanity. The human life issue should not be exchanged for any other things or issues. Blood for blood, eye for eye strategy and mentality is not desirable at all!
It seems rethinking time has come. United Nations should be considered as "World Family" where all nations will be like siblings to each other. This is the magic touch and spirit of peace, but reality is not so sweet, mostly bitter, the saddest part!
When any disaster, whether man made or nature made comes upon any nation then sometimes it is seen that some nations grab this as diplomatic or gambling or power restoring issue! Sometimes they clap sitting behind the curtain and take pleasure in seeing the collapse of the vulnerable nation.

***Along with these, some militant gangs may take filthy advantages from these vulnerable and easily bendable people. And in the long run these derailed people may flee and cause security problem.***

Along with these some militant gangs may take filthy advantages from these vulnerable and easily bendable people. And in the long run these derailed people may flee and cause security problem.
This should not be the humane practice when all are under a common oath. What about the SDGs? To achieve sustainable development the UN family has to stand beside the sibling nations who are facing challenges like humanitarian catastrophe.
We know fostering peaceful and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence is one of the prominent pledges of the UN. In fact, there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development! But what about the integrity to pledges? Just give a fresh look to SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions.

***To reach the final destination of development, meanwhile if any massive mishaps occur in world journey, then all members under the "umbrella of the UN" should face challenges and stay beside each other considering humanity and avoiding the call of inhumanity. The human life issue should not be exchanged for any other things or issues.***

In Bangladesh, we have seen massive water floods but now Bangladesh is going through a massive human flood and even merely blood flood also and the source is Myanmar, one of the SDGs adopting countries.
It's really surprising that currently Bangladesh is nursing more than 6 lakes Rohingyas within its country when already it has 16 core offsprings! But Bangladesh is showing such mentality and kindness that if you have good mind, then one bed can be shared with more than one! Very untouchable and salute able indeed!
Mother is the mother! Nothing should replace its feelings. The mother of humanity, the saviour of humanitarian catastrophe, honourable prime minister Sheikh Hasina has already accepted these floating people in her boundary, she didn't stop just only accepting but also nursing them with utmost sincerity and trying heartily to give shelter in a specified place, already announced.
But why still Myanmar especially the Nobel peace prize winner (true peace gainer is needed) Aung San Suu Kyi not denouncing Rohingya genocide which is very highly expecting? I think if Alfred Nobel would alive then definitely he'll repent for introducing Nobel peace prize! "Death of Nobel peace prize" has to mediate! I wish there would have some technological innovation on reading future human mindset which may become useful in such prestigious prize giving!
Why till now there is no visible strong diplomatic storm/catastrophe on mass killer Myanmar? Or they have become untouchable? Or there's some nexus and nepotism with the UN? Obviously not! They why this untold suffering is ending?
In fact, putting pressure from various international agencies is more important than giving relief. Actually, there should be no place in planet of such human engulfing nation. The world should break all rapports with Myanmar and seal them as "refugee country"!
It seems Myanmar is pondering that they will be a powerful country by dumping and assassinating these people. Cutting body parts can't be a way to promote and foster health! What an illusion!
But Myanmar should not forget that today or tomorrow they have to embrace Rohingyas.

Shammy Akter is Assistant Professor, Dept of Applied Nutrition and Food Technology Islamic University, Kushtia









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