According to SOS Children's Villages, 770 million people in the world suffer from extreme poverty. They can neither afford a doctor nor send their children to school. Aid agency urges UN to do more to eradicate poverty.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this Tuesday, the aid organization SOS Children's Villages has called for more efforts to be made. "If we want to reach the zero poverty goal, we have to massively increase our efforts," Louay Yassin, press spokesman for SOS Children's Villages, said in Munich on Monday. He sees progress: "Since 1990, the number of people in extreme poverty has halved. Currently, about 10 percent of people are still affected."
Less than $1.90 a day
People who had to get by on less than 1.90 dollars a day were considered extremely poor. In Yassin's view, however, it is problematic that there are still 770 million people who are hungry, who cannot afford a doctor and whose children do not go to school. "For them, death is omnipresent. If we want to change this by 2030, all of us, governments, business, academia and aid organizations, must do significantly more."
No more poverty by 2030
The aid organization described it as "the most ambitious undertaking of its kind ever. By 2030, no person in the world should live in extreme poverty anymore. This is what the member states of the United Nations agreed to in the 2030 Agenda". SOS Children's Villages worldwide have been helping needy children and their families for almost 70 years.
Their projects in 135 countries fought poverty structurally. Education is also being promoted as "an important key to overcoming poverty".