Presentation Sisters around the world join together, striving to end extreme poverty
Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The Goals call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.
As we live and dream today, let us come together in solidarity as we pause and reflect on this International Day of Eradication of Poverty, October 17. Poverty remains one of our greatest global challenges. A challenge this large is often overwhelming to determine how we can help. Presentation Sisters worldwide are all committed to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals personally and with our mission partners. By 2030, one of the important goals we are striving for is to end extreme poverty.
According to the Sustainable Development Goals, some helpful tips are listed below:
Ways to help as an individual:
- Attend public meetings
- Know and use Government programs
- Companion asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants
- Participate in fund-raisers
- Volunteer at programs that raise standard of living
Ways to help as a business:
- Pay just salaries
- Offer charitable support
- Sponsor centers of education and literacy
- Provide free educational opportunities
Ways to partner with others:
- Use fair trade products
- Coordinate with municipal authorities to provide emergency food
- Offer microloans through other organizations
- Invest in groups that address homelessness and hunger
- Organize outreach programs from social service centers
This cannot be done alone. To work towards this incredible goal, we must all come together and support one another in need. In the last 25 years, extreme poverty has been reduced by almost half. While this is wonderful, 836 million people are still living in extreme poverty (taken from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals). We must not quit. Together we can give a voice to those who are struggling too much for basic needs to speak up. Let’s stand together and strive to end extreme poverty!
To learn more about all of the Sustainable Development Goals, please visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/