16.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2018

Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum” according to Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, one of the inventors of micro-credit and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to the most disadvantaged populations.

Since the 1990s, considerable progress has been made globally to curb poverty and destitution and, as a result, more than one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty. These spectacular results are a source of satisfaction and hope but should not obscure the remaining challenges. Today, an estimated 635 million people still live in extreme poverty, which is more than than 8% of the world’s population. The vast majority live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Poverty is a problem related not only to financial resources but also to lack of opportunity. Poverty eradication is the first Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is, however, closely linked to other goals such as ensuring good health and hygiene conditions, access to quality education for all, opportunities for decent employment, gender equality and preservation of the environment.

Complete message (PDF) at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002658/265879e.pdf

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