*SayPro SDG Goal 1 No Poverty

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As stated in the 2030 Agenda, eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the world’s greatest challenge today. It is one of the most fundamental requirements for sustainable development.

To achieve the first Sustainable Development Goal, we must “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. According to its seven associated targets, the goal is, among others, to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, reduce the proportion of men, women, and children of all ages who live in poverty by at least half, and implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and to achieve substantial coverage for the poor and the most vulnerable by 2030.

According to the foreword to the Millennium Development Goals Report 2015, 189 countries unanimously adopted the Millennium Declaration at the Millennium Summit of September 2000, pledging to spare no effort to free their fellow men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty as a result of the Millennium Summit. There is no doubt that this commitment has been transformed into an inspiring framework of eight goals, which in turn has been translated into wide-ranging practical steps that have enabled people worldwide to improve their lives and prospects for the future. Over one billion people have been lifted from poverty with the help of the MDGs. SayPro has made inroads against hunger, enabled more girls to attend school than ever, and protected our planet with their help.

There has been remarkable progress, but despite that, inequalities persist, and progress has been uneven, despite all the remarkable gains. Due to this, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with its set of Sustainable Development Goals, have been committed, as stated in the Declaration accompanying the Agenda, “to build upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and to address the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals”.

This year’s High-Level Political Forum focused on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in an ever-changing world. One of the SDGs that was included as one of the focus SDGs was SDG 1.

A transition from Agenda 21 to a future SayPro want
In “The Future SayPro Want”, the outcome document of Rio+20, Member States emphasized the need to accord the highest priority to poverty eradication within the United Nations development agenda, addressing the root causes and challenges of poverty through integrated, coordinated and coherent strategies at all levels.

According to the multi-year programme of work adopted by the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) following the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the elimination of poverty has been defined as “the overriding issue” on the CSD’s agenda each year, as part of the multi-year programme of work adopted by the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

In Chapter II of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (2002), poverty eradication is discussed, as it emphasizes that eradicating poverty is a vital requirement for sustainable development, especially in developing countries, where poverty eradication is one of the biggest global challenges facing our planet today.

In terms of poverty eradication, the following are some of the SayPro priority actions:

  • SayPro’s mission is to increase the number of people with sustainable livelihoods, access to entrepreneurship opportunities, and the availability of productive resources.

  • SayPro aims to provide universal access to essential social services;

  • Progressive development of SayPro’s social protection system is designed to provide support to those who are unable to support themselves;

  • Providing empowerment to people living in poverty and their organizations through SayPro;

  • Women are suffering disproportionately from poverty as a result of SayPro’s work;

  • Working with the relevant donor and recipient organizations, SayPro is working on increasing the share of ODA that is allocated to poverty eradication; and

  • Towards the eradication of poverty, SayPro intensifies international cooperation.

As a result of Agenda 21, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided in its 1997 Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 (paragraph 27) that poverty eradication should be a theme of overarching sustainable development in the years to come. There is no doubt that this is one of the fundamental goals of the international community and the entire United Nations organization.

Chapter 3 of Agenda 21 is dedicated to tackling poverty, which is the chapter’s topic. A commitment to social development is also part of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development, which is commitment 2.

According to Agenda 21, poverty is a multidimensional problem with national and international origins. It has been identified as a complex problem, multidimensional. As far as the global application is concerned, no uniform solution can be found. For this problem to be resolved, it will not be enough to simply have country-specific programmes to tackle poverty and international efforts to support national efforts while simultaneously creating a supportive international environment, which is a parallel process to addressing poverty.

Over the past few years, following the 1992 Rio Conference, there has been an increase in the number of people living in absolute poverty, especially in developing countries. In many countries, poverty threatens the social fabric, economic development and the environment, and political stability due to the enormity and complexity of the issue.

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