To end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030.
More than 700 million peo- ple still live in extreme pov- erty and are struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and san- itation, to name a few.
This issue also affects developed coun- tries. Right now there are 30 million children growing up poor in the world’s richest countries.
WHY IT MATTERS
What can we
If you are a young person:
Your active engagementin policymaking can makea difference in addressing poverty. It ensures that your rights are promoted and that your voice is heard, that inter-generational knowledge is shared, and that innovation and critical thinking are encouraged at all ages to support transfor- mational change in people’s lives and communities.
If you work in the private sector:
The private sector, as an engine of economic growth, has a major role to play in determining whether the growth it creates is inclusive and hence contrib- utes to poverty reduction.It can promote economic opportunities for the poor,focusing on segments of the economy where most of the poor are active, namely on micro and small enter- prises and those operating in the informal sector.
If you are a policymaker:
Governments can help create an enabling envi- ronment to generate pro- ductive employment and job opportunities for the poor and the marginalized. They can formulate strate- gies and fiscal policies that stimulate pro-poor growth, and reduce poverty.
If you are part of the science and academic community: The academic and education community have a major role in increasing the awareness about the impact of poverty. Science provides the foundation for new and sustainable approaches, solutions and technologies to tackle the challenges of reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. The contribution of sci- ence to end poverty has been significant. For exam- ple, it has enabled access to safe drinking water, reduced deaths causedby water-borne diseases, and improved hygiene to reduce health risks related to unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.
Can we actually achieve
Yes. To end extreme poverty worldwide in 20 years, economist Jeffrey Sachs calculated that the total cost per year would be about $175 billion. This represents less than one percent of the combined income of the richest countries in the world.