What Are The World’s Biggest Problems?

In September 2015, the United Nations launched their 15 year plan to make the world a better place. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are focused on improvement and longevity, and are a focal point of The UN Week in New York City. Additionally, a number of Summits provide the opportunity for world leaders to cooperate in achieving these global goals. So, what exactly are the world’s biggest problems? Well, first and foremost, poverty is an inescapable issue for nearly all developing countries. Roughly 1 in 7 people around the world live on less than $1.25 a day, and nearly half of the global population lives on just $2.50. While about a third of the world’s poor are located in India, only 10 countries house 80% of the poorest people on earth.

Closely tied to poverty is the issue of hunger. Inadequate nutrition contributes to nearly half of all child deaths worldwide, and in regions like sub-Saharan Africa, one in four people are malnourished. As a result, nearly 800 million people do not have access to enough food to live healthy, active lives. Similarly, water and sanitation are absolute necessities. Yet nearly the same number of people without access to food, lack access to water. And a third of the world’s population risks disease by not having adequate sanitation. Another major issue for developing countries is a lack of educational opportunities. The UN predicted in 2011 that if all students had even basic reading skills, world poverty could be reduced by more than ten percent. But illiteracy is an asymmetrical problem, and affects considerably more women than men. Of roughly 780 million illiterate adults worldwide, two thirds are female. As a result, women have considerably fewer opportunities, and it hurts a country’s ability to progress economically without a fully educated workforce.

This inequality is rampant, and not exclusively relegated to gender. Economic inequality is also drawn along racial and social divides. Countries like Namibia see only a few thousand white landowners owning almost half of the country’s agricultural land for a population of more than 2 million. In fact, land distribution has become an increasingly relevant issue. With man-made climate change, deforestation, and overfishing, the rapid environmental decline might be too late to reverse. Although organizations like the UN have implemented standards, and worked to save forests, oceans, and the atmosphere, it continues to be a serious issue for the international community. The UN Summit’s 17 global goals span from micro to macro, and hope to contribute to solutions for the world’s biggest problems. Through communication, training, and financial support, it is up to influential world leaders and average citizens to seek to improve the world. Since addressing issues like poverty and hunger, most countries have made considerable progress on every set goal.

So we know that the United Nations has been effective working on these issues, but HOW effective has it been? Find out in our video. Thanks for watching TestTube! Don’t forget to like and subscribe so you don’t miss out. We’ll see you next time..

Kid President’s Pep Talk for the World

Kid President: I think the world needs a pep talk. (A Pep Talk for the World) I need to look people. Look with your EYES! This is where we live. It's a good place. Look around you! What do you see? volcanoes sunsets Justin Timberlake's Teeth *all smiles* Those things are perfect. But I'm telling you world, we've got some work to do. Open your eyes! How cool is it that we are all alive on the SAME planet at the SAME time ?! I think it's time that we start making cool stuff happen! On the planet we live on there's… Poverty, Hunger, Injustice. The world is full of awesome! It's also full of not awesome. On the planet we live on there is also… Potential, Possiblities, Puppies! Yeah I said puppies! Ahh I'm getting distracted. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad we're all here.

We're all born to make a difference! It can be easy to get overwhelmed! Feel like you can't do anything! But that is why we have each other. Yeah, there's lots of bad stuff in the world… But there's also YOU. And there's me. Time to set some goals! I'm not talking squad goals… IM TALKING GLOBAL GOALS! All of y'all. The whole world is my squad goals. What the world needs is love and also… an end to extreme poverty, eliminating inequlity, fixing our planet! That's why we got you! That's why we have each other! That's why we got goals! Global goals! Together we're louder! Together we're brighter! Together we're gooder! That isn't a word. Global goal number four… Education! Talk about school, I gotta tell you something. School cafeterias can be scary places. Where do I sit? Where do I not sit? Where's the cool table? Lemme tell you something. The cool table is wherever you are! In the lunchroom of the world, there should't be a cool table. Nope. The whole lunchroom should be one big cool table.

A big table!!! A table where everybody is invited! Where everybody has a seat! Where everybody has enough! That's the kind of table that I want to be at. That's the kind of world I want to live in. That's the kind of world that we are building! Because of people like you. Yeah! You! I'm talking to you. Let's live in a world where awesome is celebrated every day, where people treat people like they are people. Those are my kind of people! So get out there! If you find yourself feeling like it's too tough… remember you're not alone. There's lots of people at the table and it's a cool table. Open your eyes, you'll see. (for Lily).