Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals we focus on. 

 

Goal 1: Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

 

How this goal applies:

 

The Roma are a stateless people without the ability to generate income, be part of a job force, learn skills to adapt or receive training to be employable. They serve no advantage to any economy.  

 

Goal 1 on the other hand enables able body Roma with the capacity to learn desired skills, earn training credit, attend seminars for on the job readiness, resume preparation, and interview skills to win the position. 

 

By promoting jobs with adequate pay, equal opportunities, and no tolerance for discrimination the Roma wil have far better chance at becoming and maintaining employment within Europes mainstream society.  

 

Goal 2: The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

 

How this goal applies:

 

The Roma are the largest ethnic groups in Europe.  Unfortunately due to their status and their lack of opportunity they are forced to a life of poverty.  

 

There is a desperation in people without resources or opportunity and the disparity between the haves and have nots gives way to the rise of antisocial behaviors and criminal activity by marginalized communities such as the Roma. 

 

Providing agricultural frameworks will enable the Roma to produce their own food, sell their goods for income, creating their own economy within an economy.  

 

Governments will be able to provide support for the distribution of food to quail the hunger within the Roma population as well as provide budgetary allotments for NGO for the building of safe and sanitary housing structures.  

Goal 3: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

 

How this goal applies:

 

The Roma are exercised from their homes in Europe and relocated to the outskirts of these countries.  They have made makeshift shelters from material within the landfills in which they have been relocated.  

 

Landfills are the dumping ground for biodegradable materials, waste, chemicals, and decaying consumables.  It is not a viable alternative for the habitation of humans.  This environment exposes the Roma to environmental pathogens and in some cases can have their DNA modified from microbes, bacterial and viral infections.   

 

Goal 3 enables the distribution of medicines, vaccines and other medicines to Roma communities as measures to decrease their exposure to pathogens and potential transmission within and outside of their population.  Immunization shots and boosters are essential as well as the Roma live within unsanitary conditions making them more susceptible to environmental pathogens. 


 

Goal 4: Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

 

How this goal applies:

 

As stated earlier the Roma community are isolated and are not granted access to educational opportunities as other school aged children and adults in the region.  

 

With a quality education as stipulated in Goal 4 the Roma will be able to a) obtain employment, b) earn an income), c) have upward mobility and d) make big purchases, such as a car, home, healthcare. 

 

Goal 5: Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Gender roles are no longer permissible within the Roma communities as a two person income is more sustainable than a single home income.  

 

For example:  Roma boys and girls can grow up to become doctors, lawyers, civil servants, and business owners.  All one needs is opportunity and motivation and anyone can meet his or her true potential.   


 

Goal 6: Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

 

How this goal applies:

 

The Roma that live in camps have no access to drinkable or usable water.  It is quintessential to find viable solutions such as providing the camps with drinkable water and finding sustainable sources of water such as a well or rainwater.  

 

Goal 6 provides a precursor to the conundrum, the problem isn’t how but when will distribution of such a viable resource as water occur as the Roma are living within landfills of filth, too remote for agency engagement.  

 

NGO will have to take up the helm and governments will have to provide support to ensure that the UN protocol of goal 6 is met.   


 

Goal 7: Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

 

How this goal applies:

 

The Roma live in areas without electricity or power, utilizing candles, generators, and flashlights.  Goal 7 is only viable with debris and trash removal from camps and the erection of renewable energy extractors such as wind turbines,  solar panels, hydrogen machinery etc.  This costs money and government support advocated by the UN is pivotal to meeting SDG goals in underdeveloped Roma camps.  


 

Goal 8: Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Goal 8 revolves around societies creating jobs for many functions and marketing new jobs and old jobs to all people in order to fill those positions.  

 

For example: when they host job fairs these opportunities should be posted and available for both homeless, unemployed, and the Roma which meet both criteria.  

 

Skill training for remedial and labor jobs should be available for certification to the homeless, unemployed, and the Roma as well, free of charge.  


 

Goal 9: Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Goal 9 investments in infrastructure is important to the Roma communities as it will enable them to have adequate and sustainable housing. 

 

The Goal here is to create a network, based on the 2030 agenda of the WRF organization and the UN guidelines within a single proposal for sustainable development to Investors within the infrastructural development sphere.  


 

Goal 10: To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Goal 10 is the most important aspect of all the goals when it comes to the Roma communities of Europe.  It is the disparity between class systems based on bias and a misconception as far as the complexities of social norms are concerned.  There is no distinction or an open channel for constructive dialogue other than to report and criticize the actions of governments and agencies.  

 

For instance the EU can give money to a NGO, however, if the NGOs only capacity is exercised, powers are restricted to only consulting with no engagement of interaction with the communities served.  Then the money allocated to the NGO on behalf of the EU does not go to the community but to the NGO.  

 

The issues are not dealt with at an EU or international level and so implementation is skewed and the problem still persists.  Marginalized and disadvantaged communities are the ones that suffer due to politics.  

 

The Roma community needs the establishment of safeguard and oversight mechanisms on the part of the EU, city states, and Parliament to ensure that allocated funds from any agency is safeguarded and used for the betterment of the Roma communities of Europe.  

 

It is pivotal to give the Roma every opportunity to prosper and develop at the same level as neighboring communities and countries within Europe.  

 

Implementation and engagement are key components for this to work.  The endeavor to eliminate bias, discrimination, and prejudices from society is a universal one and a tedious feat.  


 

Goal 11: There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

    How this goal applies:

 

Goal 11 is a compilation of SDG goals 1 thru 11 it is quintessentially the foundation of the Roma plights.  The goal is a framework in which it sets the premise of a blueprint for generations to follow.  Granting access and opportunities to marginalized and disadvantaged communities enables them with the capacity to mobilize upward from their station of poverty.  Create an economy with the viability of continual communal net worth as well as provide services to the public and sell goods.  

 

With access to energy, housing, transportation and more the Roma will be able to receive medical attention, purchase goods, get to interviews, attend class, and engage within other facets outside of their communities.  


 

Goal 16: Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Goal 16 is another issue for the Roma as they are more susceptible to being lost in the criminal justice system due to lack of money without access to legal representation.  There needs to be fair and adequate measures in place for people in poverty, including Europe.  All people should be afforded the same level of legal representation afforded to paying defendants.  


 

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

 

How this goal applies:

 

Goal 17 in contexts to Roma affairs and issues does maintain some sustainability in its goal.  As it is imperative that governing authorities, agencies and governments enable cross border oversight when it comes to on the ground mobility and response time to deal with situations outside our scope.  An example, COVID it required country to country partnerships to impede further exposure from the Roma camps. Governments would not allow NGOs from the country of Hungary to enter Serbia.  Therefore, NGOs had no other discourse but to partner with other NGOs to respond to the needs of the Roma people in the region they were trying to afford aid.