September 16, 2019
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United Nations Development Program

Eradication of Poverty


Anay Moitra

Forest Hills Eastern


The eradication of poverty is a crucial discussion in the modern world. It is a key factor because 8.6% of humans of the world are in poverty. In September of 2000, the “Millennium Development Goals” were embraced officially in the UN and a number of targets were set to be achieved by 2015. One of the targets was the Eradication of Poverty—something that is unfortunately still ongoing today. Poverty is essentially the lack of money, although more elements influence it, such as impoverished people not being able to pay their bills or indigent nations that cannot support their people. Most of the crucial components of poverty are deficits in education, transportation, healthcare and other vital infrastructure and they are all major impediments to successfully boosting people out of poverty. To resolve this issue, the United Nations must explore solutions that attack the causes of poverty.


As a wealthy country, poverty is not a massive problem in Finland. Only 8% of its population is below the poverty line. However, Finland has developed a decent amount of anti-poverty policies such as paying its citizens higher and providing proper levels of education to lead students right to employment, thus helping decrease the poverty rate. Numerous organizations such as Star of Hope have risen in Finland to support the poor and needy. These non-profit organizations help empower those in need to become self-reliant. Poverty in Finland is one of the lowest in the world because of its social benefits and is on the verge of increasing as the employment rates escalate. The Borgen Project is an international organization that guides people out of poverty. According to the Borgen Project, the Finnish economy grew in 2015 for the first time since 2011. It proceeded to advance after 2016 and unique programs were held such as a trial that lasted two years, that paid two thousand unemployed citizens 560 euros per month. They were founded on the sole purpose to keep people out of poverty and decrease the unemployment rate. Finland continues to be in a relatively wonderful position, but the growth of unemployment is concerning as it could lead to the economy diminishing in the future. 


Although 736 million around the world are in poverty, it is not a major issue in Finland. Finland proposes that the United Nations aid other nations in need of economic growth. This will not only get more people out of poverty, but also decrease the unemployment rate rapidly. It is important that nations in poverty receive favorable guidance because it will only result in the economy growing and more people can effectively participate in society. A resolution which focuses on and eliminates poverty will benefit the whole world.


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