SDG1 No Poverty
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.
There is a lot we can do to help those who need our help the most. Sustainable jobs and equality are within our reach. Together, we can make a difference.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implemented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help strengthen responses by afflicted populations to unexpected economic losses during disasters and will eventually help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.
More than just the lack of income, poverty includes limited access to food, water, education, decent employment, social protection systems, and decision-making. Some causes of poverty include unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability to disasters and diseases.
- Although the global rate of extreme poverty has been reduced by more than half since 2000, more than 700 million people still live below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day.
- In 2016, only 45% of the world’s population were covered by at least one social protection cash benefit. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest coverage, with about 13% of its population covered by at least one social protection benefit, versus 86% of the population in Europe and Northern America.
- In sub-Saharan Africa, only 22% of people above retirement age received a pension in 2016, while in Europe and North America, pension coverage is almost universal.
- In 2016, only 22% of the unemployed worldwide received unemployment benefits, 28% of people with severe disabilities collected a disability pension, 35% of children were covered by social protection, and 41% of women giving birth received maternity benefits.
Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia are home to the overwhelming majority of people living on less than $1.90 a day.
- As a member of society, your active engagement in policy-making ensures that your voice is heard, knowledge is shared, and that critical thinking is encouraged at all ages. Policymakers can help generate job opportunities and fiscal policies that stimulate pro-poor growth and reduce poverty.
- As a member of the science and academic community, you can help discover sustainable solutions for the challenges of reducing poverty. Thanks to this community, there is now greater access to safe drinking water, reduced deaths caused by water-borne diseases, and improved hygiene to reduce health risks related to unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.
- By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, measured as people living on less than $1.90 a day
- By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
- Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
- By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
- By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
- Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.
- Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.
• As a member of society, your active engagement in policy-making ensures that your voice is heard, knowledge is shared, and that critical thinking is encouraged at all ages. Policymakers can help generate job opportunities and fiscal policies that stimulate pro-poor growth and reduce poverty.
• As a member of the science and academic community, you can help discover sustainable solutions for the challenges of reducing poverty. Thanks to this community, there is now greater access to safe drinking water, reduced deaths caused by water-borne diseases, and improved hygiene to reduce health risks related to unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.
What can I
do about it
You can help create a community of people and participate in the decision-making and implementation processes. Educate yourself about the issues we face as a global family, connect with like-minded people and take action.
Ask questions to your leaders about what they’re doing in regards to poverty. Focus your attention on actionable steps because no step is too small to make a difference. Join our community and help create a better world.x