Downward spiral of war, crisis and need to worsen in 2020, fears top UN official. […] UN relief chief fears women, girls and disabled people will bear brunt of continued conflict, climate and economic deprivation.
There are fewer active wars today than at any time in human history, and the people who struggle to make ends meat during peacetime will surely struggle further if I’m close proximity to civil unrest. These are unsophisticated concerns. Not because these things don’t matter, because they do, but because claiming to care while having the might of the UN behind you means that either the UN is ineffective or the problem of abject poverty is outside the understanding of people who can afford to wear a suit to work every day.
There are half as many people living in destitution today than there was in 2000. By all measures, humanity is getting wealthier at every level across the globe every day. Yes, we still have a long way to go, but we’re far better off today as a species than we were just 19 years ago. Let’s continue doing what we’re doing and focus on that. The next problem can be tackled when we’re 90% done this one1.
I say this despite knowing the UN has “200 priorities” for the 2020s, which is silly. You can’t have 200 of something and consider them all priorities. It’s disingenuous. Alas …