Today, Saturday 17th October is the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Less than a month after the adoption of the UN’s new sustainable development goals, this 2015 occasion helps to establish the UN’s new agenda for the world. This new agenda replaces the Millennium Development Goals and outlines 17 new and ambitious goals for the world.
The Number 1 goal of the UN being to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.”
But what does poverty actually mean? Well let me paint a picture for you with 11 astonishing facts about global poverty:
- Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
- 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
- 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves.
- More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
- In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
- Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment
- As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
- 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people
- 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
- Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty–that’s less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
- The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been around since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, designated that this day would promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries.
“On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty — and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Eliminating poverty still remains at the core of both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and was essential in the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
TOGETHER we need to tackle the issue of poverty and inequality around the world!
Your Child Poverty Advocate,