September 16, 2019
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United Nations Development Programme 

Eradication of Poverty 

Mia Valiotis


Troy High School 

According to the World Bank, 1.85 billion people, or 36 percent of the worlds population lives in extreme poverty. This poverty suffered by such a compelling amount of people is mainly centered around the lack of income and resources to support sustainable livelihoods. The World Social Summit identifies the parameters of extreme poverty, and calls for poverty eradications to be an ethical, social, political, and economic worldwide effort to address the root causes of poverty and provide aid and resources to help those living with the constraints of extreme poverty. This resolution sets up efforts to reduce the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by one half; efforts for an integrated strategy for equitable distribution of wealth, especially in developing countries. 

Ronald Henderson, a devoted poverty researcher characterizes the issue as a moral question, “Poverty is not just a personal attribute: it arises out of the organization of society”. This issue of poverty in Australia specifically affects indigenous people and those predisposed to poverty due to income or dependents. A report from the UNSW Sydney and the Australian Council Services estimates that three million Australians live below the poverty line, among the most concerning figures reporting that 730,00 children live below the poverty line; a major cause of this coming from children from sole parent families. The Australian Council of Social Service has made several commitments to eradicating poverty in Australia with investments in a welfare sector that can help those living in extreme poverty retain adequate resources and necessities, addresses housing affordability, and hopes to address the inequitable distribution of wealth in Australia. 

In hopes to eradicate poverty both internationally and domestically, Australia wish to collaborate on solutions that entail, joining with NGO’s such as Oxfam and The Hunger Project. It also hopes to help put forward a plan that strengthens and provides funding to UN organizations that combat the spread of poverty in developing nations, such as UNICEF, UNDP, and UNOCHA. It also hopes to help those in poverty by providing funds that can supply resources to those in extreme poverty and invest in education for people in developing countries. 




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