The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

3.1.6 Thinking point: Adding your voice?

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To what extent is there an open, ongoing debate about setting the world’s Sustainable Development Goals where you live?

Activity 3.1

Take ten minutes to find out about whether your country, or a country that you are interested in, is playing a part in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Search, via a search engine, using the terms ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and a particular country and select items from the past year. You should find links to governmental departments, international NGOs and perhaps some media coverage of the debate.

So, for example, the UK parliament’s Commons Select Committee has rejected the move to include inequality preferring to focus on addressing extreme poverty. (You can read MP Joan Walley’s statement [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .)

Consider these questions:

  • Is your country (or the one you have chosen to focus on) involved in the development of Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Should they be more involved in your opinion? Why or why not?
  • What are the priorities in your country as reflected in their contributions to this debate?

Note down your findings.

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In the next section you will move on to consider the changing and unchanging lives of girls and women.

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