2014-10-17 16:28:00

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The chief of the United Nations is urging the world to act decisively together to eliminate poverty in all its forms, ensuring prosperity for all, not just for a few.   “We ‎must also end the marginalization of people living in poverty.  Their knowledge and perspectives are ‎vital if we are to find meaningful, durable solutions,” UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon said in a message for the 17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.   “On this day,” he said, “we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty - and plan for a world where no-one is left behind.”  Expressing satisfaction that at least 700 million people were lifted out of extreme poverty between 1990 and 2010, he said the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people living in poverty has been achieved ahead of time.  Despite this, Ban noted, one in every five persons in developing regions, i.e. 1.22 billion people, still live on less than $1.25 a day, and 2.4 billion live on less than $2 a day.  The UN chief particularly lamented growing inequality, especially against women and girls, saying  the “blatant injustice” is robbing the entire development enterprise of one of the keys to progress.  Ban thus urged Member States and all partners to act decisively together to eradicate poverty and build a sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and equitable future for all. (Source: UN)

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