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Articles about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by /The Rules

What follows is a list of articles that we've written about the Sustainable Development Goals process and what's wrong with them.

It will take 100 years for the world's poorest to earn $1.25 a day

If you follow international news you will be accustomed to headlines announcing that world leaders have succeeded in cutting global poverty in half over the past couple of decades. Its sounds like brilliant news, but it's just not true.

The Delusion at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals

This is a big year for the development industry. In September, the world's heads of state will gather in New York City to decide on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals as they expire.

3 ways humans create poverty

Poverty isn't just a fact of nature. We made it happen, and we can fix it. Written By This is a big year for anyone interested in, or caught in the teeth of, poverty and extreme inequity. It's the year of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be agreed by heads of state in New York in September.

The death of international development

'Development' has failed to deliver. The reason, Jason Hickel argues, is that development organisations have failed to address the structural drivers of poverty February 2015 International development is in serious crisis. Charities are worried about the fact that public support for development is waning - that people just don't seem to 'buy it' any more.

4 things you probably know about poverty that Bill and Melinda Gates don't

Bill and Melinda Gates just released their annual letter, " Our Big Bet for the Future," with their thoughts on the current state of global poverty and the suite of projects they are funding to tackle it.

Four Reasons to Question the Official 'Poverty Eradication' Story of 2015

The United Nations, large NGOs and lots of big corporations are gearing up to tell the world that we can eradicate global poverty by 2030. As a new paper by the economist David Woodward confirms, however, this claim is so far from reality that it deserves the label of cynical hype.

It's Time to Shine a Light on the Poverty Creation Industry

It's about time we called out the great myth that mass poverty just is, as if it were a natural part of some universal moral order. Such thinking is both profoundly untrue and disastrously misleading. Poverty is human-made.

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie

Dr Jason Hickel lectures at the London School of Economics and serves as an adviser to /The Rules. The received wisdom comes to us from every direction: poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated from the face of the earth.

The truth about extreme global inequality

Dr Jason Hickel lectures at the London School of Economics and serves as an adviser to /The Rules. The crisis of capital, the rise of the Occupy movement and the crash of Southern Europe have brought the problem of income inequality into mainstream consciousness in the West for the first time in many decades.

What If All the Worldâs Debt Just Went Away

Just for fun, imagine if all debt were wiped away when the Mayan Calendar ends this Friday... How would the world be different? What would become possible for you personally in your life? How would nations and corporations invest our newfound wealth differently if we all started from a clean slate?

It's Time for an Honest Conversation About Why People Don't Vote

The recent US election had the lowest voter turnout since World War II. Only 36 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast their vote - giving the Republicans a "grand majority" of garnered support that adds up to a measly one-sixth of the adult population.

An Impoverished View of Poverty - Linguistic Analysis of Gates Foundation Annual Letter

Change Strategist for Humanity at Planet Earth Published on The purpose of this report is to make clear the ideological biases evident among leadership at the Gates Foundation-using the words of Bill and Melinda Gates as the "data" for linguistic analysis. ...