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United Nations SDG | #1 End poverty everywhere

The causes we have chosen to support within Force for Good, align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member states in 2015. These are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - to join in global partnership and tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues. These Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and addresses the global challenges that are faced by all human beings, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

UN SDG #1: End Poverty

Why poverty?

More than 700 million people, or 10% of the world population, still live in extreme poverty today, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. Most people living on less than $1.90 a day live in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, the poverty rate in rural areas is 17.2%—more than three times higher than in urban areas.

For those who work, having a job does not guarantee a decent living. In fact, 8% of employed workers and their families worldwide lived in extreme poverty in 2018. One out of five children live in extreme poverty. Ensuring social protection for all children and other vulnerable groups is critical to reduce poverty.

Immediate action is required to aid education, healthcare, living standards, quality of work and threat from violence, all totally essential criteria in providing better lives for those living in multidimensional poverty.

The key facts:

According to the most recent estimates, in 2015, 10% of the world’s population or 734 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day.

Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are expected to see the largest increases in extreme poverty, with an additional 32 million and 26 million people, respectively, living below the international poverty line as a result of the pandemic.

The share of the world’s workers living in extreme poverty fell by half over the last decade: from 14.3% in 2010 to 7.1% in 2019.

Even before COVID-19, baseline projections suggested that 6% of the global population would still be living in extreme poverty in 2030, missing the target of ending poverty. The fallout from the pandemic threatens to push over 70 million people into extreme poverty.

One out of five children live in extreme poverty, and the negative effects of poverty and deprivation in the early years have ramifications that can last a lifetime.

In 2016, 55% of the world’s population – about 4 billion people – did not benefit from any form of social protection.

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Local Communities / Poverty / Economic Empowerment / Human Rights / Sports / Business & Innovation

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals