Sun | Aug 9, 2020

Tackling poverty should be reinforced globally

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:15 AM


Poverty is an outrage which openly snatches away happiness and dignity. It exposes people naked of basic needs and leave them contaminated in swamps of miseries. We should all be standing together for dignity, equality and justice.

We must demonstrate strong commitment to eradicating extreme poverty, dismantling its root causes across the world, and enabling the voice and agency of the poor and marginalised to be fully realised. We should all yearn for a world where everyone has fullness of life, a life lived with dignity, free from poverty and need, and where global resources are equitably shared and sustainably used.

It is vital that we recognise that the threat posed by climate change and environmental degradation is cataclysmic. The polar ice sheet is disappearing at 10 times the predicted rate, and one million animal and plant species face extinction. Urgent action is needed in the next decade if we are to keep temperature increases below 1.5ºC and tackle the catastrophic decline in global biodiversity.