Can Unsustainable Trade, Ecological and Economic Policies Sustain Global Development Goals
The PHM, while welcoming the vision of equity promotion in the SDG 2030 goals, challenged delegates at the WHA to consider if the same polices which has promoted an ecological disaster and has engendered multiple economic collapses can promote sustainable goals.
Of particular concern for us, said the PHM-MMI statement on the issues, are goal 8 proposing a 7% annual economic growth of the Least Developed Countries and Goal 17, target 17.10-17.12 on free trade to fund the necessary transformations. The underlying assumption that nations are at the same level of development and thereby would benefit equally from free trade regimes ignores the dissimilar intensities of economic growth and ecological sustainability.
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