International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019
“Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989. This landmark human rights treaty sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.
One of the primary goals of the Day is to recognise the struggles of the impoverished and to make their voices heard by governments and ordinary citizens. It is also a moment to recognise that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.
But what are the contributors to human suffering?
Defined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and adopted by the UN in 2000, there are mainly 8 contributors:
– Poverty and Hunger
– Inequality in Education
– Gender inequality
– Child mortality
– Poor maternal health
– Infectious diseases
– A changing environment
and Unsustainable development
Despite the rapid decline of extreme poverty by more than 1 billion people in the past three decades, approximately 700 million people still live on less than US $1.90 per day. Statistics also show that children suffer poverty more intensely than adults, and worldwide, one in three children is multidimensionally poor, compared to one in six adults.
What can we do to help?
“Building a sustainable future requires us to intensify our efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty and discrimination, and ensuring that everyone can fully exercise their human rights. The full participation of people living in poverty, particularly in the decisions that affect their lives and communities, must be at the centre of policies and strategies to build a sustainable future.”
Social workers and everyone in their community should implement programmes aiming at supporting people to lead their own development for better lives and out of poverty.
Prime Production is proud to support UNDP and other organisations in their work to save children’s lives, defend their rights and provide them with better, life saving opportunities.