Something tells me I’ve read more of the 17 ‘goals’ and 169 ‘targets’ in the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ than Mark Zuckerberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, the folks over at Sky News and the dimwits at the UN who drafted them (possibly all put together).
In the race to seem good, the following pledge has come hot on the heels of the UN’s latest agenda:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates have thrown their weight and resources behind the goal of bringing internet access to everyone in the world by 2020.
The pledge is part of a United Nations effort to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, a goal set on Friday during a special summit at the global body.
‘When people have access to the tools and knowledge of the internet, they have access to opportunities that make life better for all of us,’ said a declaration signed by Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have devoted their wealth to philanthropy.
‘The internet belongs to everyone. It should be accessible by everyone,’ the declaration said.
Seems nice doesn’t it? But what about Goal 2, Targets 1 and 2?
By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.
Have another look at those dates… Internet by 2020. Food by 2030. Yep.
At first I thought it was all a case of Mark and Bill getting a bit silly, which they were – have fun getting the internet to 100% of North Koreans within 5 years guys, among many, many others. However, they were simply trying to follow UN Sustainable Development Goal 9, Target 8:
Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.
Call me silly, but something tells me that the starving and malnutritioned people of 2020 will have little interest in signing up to Facebook and Windows 11.
It’s one thing if Zuckerberg and Gates couldn’t be bothered reading the UN’s agenda – at least they’re throwing money at a good cause. However, the UN picking internet over food says it all.