Is There a Missing Ingredient?

The Recipe for Eradicating Poverty

 

In the year 2000, 189 nations commenced the new millennium with a promise to free people from extreme poverty. They would do this by addressing eight key issues understood to perpetuate it. This pledge became the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which encompass poverty and hunger, education, gender equality and women’s empowerment, health, environment and global partnership.

The goals set a deadline for 2015 and whilst the success of some MDG’s is undeniable, we are far from achieving the majority. Now, with the end date fast approaching, the international community is considering whether to renew the current goals or set new ones. And with so many people around the world still struggling to feed their families and to access the basic necessities of life required for survival, this issue is an urgent one.
 

Whilst there are some who are happy with just eight MDG’s, others suggest that the existing framework falls short of addressing the essentials required to eliminate extreme poverty. The proponents of this view argue that a ninth goal could fill this gap. So where are the holes? Is there something missing that, if targeted, could offer a more holistic approach to overcoming poverty?

Some advocate for disability as a focus area, facilitating global recognition, inclusion and support. Others demand an increased focus on violence against women, elimination of child exploitation or tackling human trafficking. And what about war, an issue that by its very nature creates and proliferates poverty? Should we be putting a spotlight on conflict fuelled by religion and race? And what should be made the highest priority, if anything?

What change does the world need to see in order to eliminate extreme poverty?
 

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  • Venue The Edge Theatre,
  • Date & time 19/03/2013 5:15:00 PM 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Podcasts

The Recipe for Eradicating Poverty
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Julia Newton-Howes on extreme poverty and women
0:4:3
John Whan Yoon on misconceptions about human trafficking
0:4:33
Rosangela Berman-Bieler on the poverty and disability cycle
0:3:54
Brett Parris on climate change and the Millennium Development Goals
0:3:54
Julia Newton-Howes on a recipe for eradicating poverty
0:2:54

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