The World vs. Poverty

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.”

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But what does poverty actually mean? Well let me paint a picture for you with 11 astonishing facts about global poverty:

  1. 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.
  2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
  6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment
  7. 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.
  8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people
  9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
  10. 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.
  11. 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,



The UN’s new Global Goals

Yesterday, on Friday 25th September the World Leaders met to discuss and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. These goals are based on: ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and finding a way to fix climate change. The United Nations outlined 17 new Millennium Development Goals that they hope to achieve for sustainable development in all countries all over the world. These Global Goals are for everyone and for all people.

These Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations at a summit meeting in New York. A vision for what we hope the future will look like by 2030 for people all around the world. These new ‘Global Goals’ will replace the United Nations’ previous guideline, the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted in 2000. Those goals were mainly targeted at developing countries and were met with varying degrees of success.

The 17 Global Goals outlined by the United Nations.
The 17 Global Goals outlined by the United Nations.

In the last 15 years, there has been great progress towards reducing poverty around the world. A large part of this reduction is due to the Millennium Development Goals that the United Nations committed to in 2000. Each of these goals carried out a 2015 deadline. The goal of cutting extreme poverty by half –  which is measured by the proportion of people who are living on less than $1.25 a day – and this was met five years ahead of schedule.

The new global goals are even more ambitious then their predecessor, and are meant to apply to every country and not just the developing world. These goals are accompanied with 169 specific targets that are aimed at advancing these goals in concrete ways.  Many of these goals are to be achieved by 2030 however some of them have shorter deadlines.

Global Goals to be achieved by 2030.

Australia as a nation, needs to make sure that the Global Goals of the world are their goals too. In a country as rich as ours, it is not acceptable that poverty (especially child poverty) exist. With a new government in place, we have the opportunity to change and eradicate poverty in countries such as our own. We need to work together to create a brighter future for Australia and the rest of the world.

WE have the POWER to CHANGE the WORLD

Your Child Poverty Advocate,


Poverty and Homelessness among the Youth

With the Salvation Army’s ‘Couch Project’ coming up this Friday on September 18th, it is vital to raise awareness of the dangers of youth homelessness and ‘couch surfing’.


In Australia, we tend to view people who are homeless or poor as someone has somehow failed to make it in society. However that is not the case! There is such a stigma with homeless and poor people in first world countries that we want to pretend they don’t exist because the alternative of knowing and understanding that poverty exists everywhere is too hard to accept. Now imagine a scenario  like this:

You are walking through Central Station in Sydney, on your way to work, university, etc. and you see a homeless woman approaching strangers begging for money that that she can eat.

What would YOU do next? How would YOU try to help?

Most people in this scenario would avert their eyes, pop their headphones in and pretend to be entirely engaged with their Facebook newsfeeds on their phones.

How many people do you think would actually stop and offer this woman money or help?

Now imagine if it was a young person was facing these dilemmas without anyone to help him/her. To help the youth population facing homelessness sleep on your couch this coming Friday to help raise awareness of regarding child poverty and youth homelessness.


Check out how the Salvation Army has helped many young people around Australia through these amazing people’s stories:

Your Child Poverty Advocate,