`Re­duce pre­ma­ture deaths by 40 per­cent'

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

pub­lished in the jour­nal, The­Lancet, says re­duc­tion of pre­ma­ture deaths by 40 per cent should be one of the United Na­tions' Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals for 2016-30. The goals are to be for­mu­lated in 2015. The cur­rent draft in­cludes 17 over­ar­ch­ing goals, and one of them is to "en­sure healthy lives and pro­mote well-be­ing for all at all ages". The pa­per says that "fea­si­ble goals with some quan­tifi­able, mea­sur­able tar­gets can in­flu­ence gov­ern­ments" and re­duc­tion in pre­ma­ture deaths of peo­ple un­der 70 is an im­por­tant quan­tifi­able goal. Ex­plain­ing the use of the age limit of 70, it says, "Global life ex­pectancy is now about 70 years. We have de­fined pre­ma­ture death some­what ar­bi­trar­ily as death be­fore age 70 years."

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