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Can we make the globe a better place in 15 years

16 Oct 2015 soolmaz neishaboori
Is it possible to overcome international crisis such as hunger, poverty, and gender inequality or stop climate change in the next 15 years? According to the governments we can. They, agreed to a new series of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Michael Green, an expert in Social progress, tells us about an idea which leads to attain these goals.

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Michael Green has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank countries based on how they fullfil the needs of citizens.

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to successfully complete something or get a good result,especially by working hard.

vision an idea of what you think something should be like.

part of something, a part of a number or amount, considered in relation to the whole.


5 percent (5%) or 10 percent (10%) etc is equal to five, ten etc parts out of a total of 100 parts.


to be more than a particular number or amount.


the state of continuing to live or exist.


able to continue without causing damage to the environment.


the natural features of a place, for example its weather, the type of land it has, and the type of plants that grow in it.


the total after a lot of different figures or points have been added together.


a calculation of the value, size, amount etc of something.


the effect or influence that an event, situation etc has on someone or something.

natural resource

things that exist in nature and can be used by people, for example oil, trees etc.


subject or problem that is often discussed or argued about, especially a social or political matter that affects the interests of a lot of people.


to deal with one thing first, because it is the most important.


set of ideas, rules, or beliefs from which something is developed, or on which decisions are based.


to change a situation, discussion etc by giving special attention to one idea or subject instead of to a previous one.


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