September 16, 2019
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United Nations Development Programme

Eradication of Poverty

Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Tanvi Ravi

Forest Hills Eastern


Globally, 3 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population, lives in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die every day because of poverty. Poverty is a crucial issue to discuss in the global world. The issue of how to most effectively reduce poverty and how to best aid those living in poverty requires a resolution. Even in developed countries like the United States of America, poverty is still a prevalent issue. In fact, according to Poverty USA, 38.1 million people lived in poverty in 2018. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 80 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty. There is an indispensable need for significantly more programs to drastically reduce poverty. The issue of how to effectively reduce poverty poses a question that is pivotal for our committee of the United Nations Development Programme to address. To eradicate poverty successfully and rapidly, the United Nations must devise a plan consisting of the necessary actions for eradicating poverty.


As a country with staggering poverty rates, The Democratic Republic of the Congo can fathom the difficulty of eradicating poverty and recognizes the need for drastic measures to be taken. Our president Felix Tshisekedi states that the government targets a 60 percent budget increase for 2020 in hopes of reducing poverty. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is making strides toward reducing poverty numbers; in fact, President Tshisekedi pledged to invest in water, electricity, and infrastructure to lift millions of people out of poverty over the next five years. Poverty remains a significant issue for the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Oxfam, a major nonprofit organization operates in six provinces where it educates and aids people in poverty. Similarly, the World Bank is significantly helping to reduce poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through many services similar to Oxfam. It promotes education, makes energy accessible, and significantly improves the health of those living in poverty. The Democratic Republic of the Congo requests the United Nations to increase funding for programs like Oxfam or the World Bank that promote eradicating poverty by educating, increasing availability to water and hygiene, as well as supporting livelihoods. The Democratic Republic of the Congo believes it is paramount to the welfare of almost half of the global population that funding is increased for programs that attempt to eradicate poverty.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo proposes that the United Nations increase funding toward a program that will help eradicate poverty by providing education, water, and hygiene to those living in poverty. In a country brimming with extreme poverty, The Democratic Republic of the Congo is prone to the devastating effects of poverty on a country. To help countries like The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN can aid in eradicating poverty by generating more funds toward programs and promoting these programs in nations that are in dire need of assistance in reducing poverty. A resolution that promotes funding and making eradicating poverty a significant priority for all nations will significantly aid in eradicating poverty globally.

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