September 16, 2019
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United Nations Development Programme

Eradication of Poverty

The Bahamas 

Stephanie Tolly

Forest Hills Eastern


Poverty affects billions across the globe to great extremes by increasing malnutrition, expanding unemployment, and denying access to education. The United Nations coins this term as a “lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society.” Creating a solution that addresses the root of poverty is a key issue that requires a resolution. Historically, many living in poverty were born into the status and it continued through their offspring. As of 2005, nearly half of the world’s population, more than three billion people, lived on less than $2.50 a day. Although low income does not define poverty, low standards of living often prohibit humans from achieving self-sufficiency. Currently, 25.8% of the Bahamian youth population is unemployed. The issues of solving poverty and addressing the needs of those living in poor conditions remain pivotal questions that the United Nations Development Programme must address. In order for peoples of the world to live in suitable environments that promote independence, the United Nations must clearly define a method to prevent the continuation of poverty and target its source. 


As a country with an economy that is heavily dependent on tourism and is frequently devastated by natural disasters, The Bahamas understand the disastrous effects of poverty on the economy and society. According to the Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis, “public finances are being restored” and “the annual deficit has been reduced by half” as The Bahamas makes “significant social investments in education and entrepreneurship programmes” as well as “combats crime.” Additionally, the Organization of American States (OAS) collaborated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Education of The Bahamas. These organizations offered fellowships and scholarships in an attempt to reduce poverty. Similarly, the University of the Bahamas and the OAS have collectively begun attempting to reduce poverty through a means of promoting education and technological advancement.


In order to prevent nations from facing social inequality and provide all humans with an equal opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency, The Bahamas urges the United Nations to identify the source of poverty. After determining the source, the United Nations must develop a standardized program to eradicate this pertinent global condition as it affects every nation of the earth. It is paramount to the general prosperity of humans that poverty is expunged by a means of education, medical aid, and economic stimulation across the globe. Second, The Bahamas proposes that the United Nations establish a means of stimulating the economies of nations around the world in order to promote social advancements for the less fortunate. As a country with a portion of the population living in poverty, The Bahamas has experienced the effects that social unrest and economic stagnation have on a country. In order to prevent this, the United Nations can increase education, promote medical aid, and provide recession-proof jobs to those in poverty. A resolution that advocates a focussed response to the source of poverty will help ensure the prosperity of humanity and nations. 

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