| The most serious issues effecting our planet are human rights violations, for these effect not only the whole population, but the economy, the ecology, the very nature of society. Many countries, particularly "the emerging nations", argue that human rights are secondary to economic considerations. They will, they claim, fix up human rights once their economy is fixed. Or once everyone has a good standard of living, or once the foreign debt is repaid, or once they have taught pigs to fly.
The economy will not be fixed while people are working in underpaid, dangerous conditions, without political rights, subject to intimidation by companies, officials, bureaucrats and police. While people live in fear, in slums, with hunger and disease, with poor education and no control over the government there will be poverty, disease, and rebellion. The problems cannot be fixed because they are not allowed to be acknowledged.
The very first requirement is the procurement of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The second requirement is a democratically elected government. The third requirement is a free media, able to publicise and criticise any aspect of the government and society in general. Do these three and the beginning of the way has been found. Ignore them, and chaos, war, poverty will be all that a nation has to look forward to.