EU volunteering of SDGs and the effects of the pandemic

EU volunteering of SDGs

EU volunteering of SDGs

THIS MONTH WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 1 , WHICH SEEKS TO END POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Currently, more than 700 million people still live in extreme poverty , with difficulties in meeting basic needs such as: health, education and access to water or sanitation. This figure, which represents 10% of the world’s population, is mostly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and especially in rural areas.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY?

The threshold established by international organizations to speak of extreme poverty is $ 1.90 a day. This standard is the same for all countries.

Despite this, a job does not guarantee a decent life either, 8% of the world’s workers, and their families, live in this situation. Furthermore, 1 in 5 children live in this situation. The social protection of children and vulnerable groups is crucial to reduce poverty in the world.

POVERTY IN THE CONTEXT OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Despite the fact that the level of extreme poverty had fallen from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015, the COVID-19 crisis puts these decades of progress at risk. A study carried out by the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University , warns that the economic consequences of the global pandemic could increase poverty in the world to affect 500 million people, which means 8% of the world’s population.

The countries most at risk of suffering these consequences are developing countries. Not only in terms of the health crisis, but also in terms of social and economic crises that may take place in the coming months and / or years.

That is why the United Nations has produced a report entitled “Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID – 19” , in order to expand international support and political commitment to ensure that people around the world have access to essential services and social protection.

The United Nations Fund for Response to COVID-19 and Recovery aims to help, in particular, low- and middle-income countries, as well as vulnerable groups that are disproportionately bearing the socio-economic effects of the pandemic.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF SDG 1?

  • May extreme poverty be completely eradicated by 2030
  • Halve the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions .
  • Put into practice appropriate social protection systems and measures, which by 2030 will achieve broad coverage in the poorest and most vulnerable countries.
  • Guarantee that all men and women, especially the poorest, have the right to equal access to economic resources, basic services, natural resources, new technologies, etc.
  • Foster the resilience of the poor and people in vulnerable situations, reducing their exposure and vulnerability to extreme weather-related events and other economic, social and environmental disasters.
  • Ensure a significant mobilization of resources from various sources, improving development cooperation.
  • Create strong policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels on the basis of the pro-poor development strategy.
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