Those who live comfortably and are flooded with news from around the world do not have the psychological conditions or insight to know how extreme poverty is in today’s world. It is true that poverty has always existed in the history of humanity, but I do not believe that on such a large scale, because the Earth’s population has never been so large (today 7 billion people), nor has man ever lived so far from nature, which tends to produce the minimum essential for human survival.

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty a study was published detailing that half the poor people in the world still do not have access to electricity and cooking fuel. The same study also says that most of these poor live in sub-Saharan Africa and in southern Asia.

This comprehensive study reveals how people experience poverty in various aspects, from access to education and health to different standards of living, which include housing, clean drinking water, sewage and electricity. It also identifies many other aspects that affect those who live in multidimensional poverty all over the world.

End poverty in all its forms is the first of the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main reference to combat poverty is to ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, particularly least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions. It is decisive to create sound policy frameworks at the national and regional levels, based on pro-poor strategies.

All men, women and children have equal rights and access to basic services, property, natural resources, new technologies and financial services, such as microfinance. If no measures are taken to improve health and education by 2030, about 167 million children will be living in extreme poverty.

Source: Human Rights - written by young jews from 40 countries with support of B'nai B'rith International Portugal and International Observatory of Human Rights