• Isckra Martinez Carbajal

Let's start now to end poverty

This is the Decade of Action and if you’ve ever wondered what extreme poverty looks like, how to end it, or what you can do to help, you can start here and now.

According to recent data from the united nations, you may be pleased to know that extreme poverty has indeed been on the decline from 36 percent in the 1990s to around 10 percent in 2015. And even though we still have a long way to go, this is a massive achievement for our global society. Yet, that still leaves 836 million people today who earn less than $1.25 US dollars per day. Nonetheless, despite tremendous global efforts to end extreme poverty across the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is decelerating the progress in the struggle to end poverty.

Let’s now look at some facts.

The UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research has warned that “the global economic fallout from the pandemic could lead up to half a billion more people into poverty, which amounts to 8 percent of the human population”. That means that more people will lack access to adequate food, clean drinking water, and sanitation which may result in more loss of life.

We obviously have a great fight ahead of us. Especially as there are certain groups who are disproportionately represented among people who are affected by extreme poverty; these include women, children, people with disabilities, and indigenous groups.

But the question still stands; how can we live in a world where some people can enjoy extreme wealth and luxuries whilst there are millions of people who still struggle to fulfill the most basic needs such as access to health, education, clean water, and sanitation and more?

Can we actually “end poverty in all forms, everywhere”?

That is where the world of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) comes in. You see, SDGs have 7 targets and 14 Indicators for Global Goal 1:

So how do you fit into all of this?

Like any of the Global Goals, ending poverty everywhere may sound like a destination one cannot reach. But don’t fret, there are many ways that you can show your power of individual contribution.

For example, you could start by lending money to upcoming sustainable businesses or people who need help. You can also donate money to the right charities, organizations, or social enterprises that are already tackling SDG 1. Or simply provide your volunteering services to these organizations. You can also create action-oriented awareness by buying an SDG Impactors t-shirt. And if you still find it difficult, just spread the word- we could use more people talking about ending poverty and knowing the right information.

But to really end poverty, we must achieve zero hunger and good health and well-being for all as well. If you get anything out of this blog, I hope it’s that these Global Goals are urgent but they are also achievable. And more importantly, they are complex and intertwined and require complex solutions; we simply cannot achieve one without the other.

Ending poverty is 1 of the 17 Goals set up by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Share your thoughts on what you are doing to contribute to SDG 1.


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