DO YOU KNOW THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)?

Source: www.africanakua.com| Richard Fiebor, Ghana

Goal 1: NO POVERTY

FACT:

According to World Vision;

736 million people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.90 a day.

 • More than half of the world’s extreme poor, 413 million people, live in sub-Saharan Africa, an increase of 9 million people from two years earlier.

 • In the Middle East and North Africa, the number of people living in extreme poverty nearly doubled in two years, from 9.5 million to 18.6 million, mainly due to the crises in Syria and Yemen.

 • Two regions, East Asia and the Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, have less than 3 percent of their populations living in extreme poverty, already successfully reaching the 2030 target to eradicate global poverty.

 • 1.3 billion people in 104 developing countries, which accounts for 74 percent of the world’s population, live in multidimensional poverty, according to a 2018 survey by the U.N. Development Program.

 • 660 million children are experiencing multidimensional poverty, according to the U.N. Development Program.

• Sub-Saharan Africa has both the highest rate of children living in extreme poverty at 49 percent and the largest share of the world’s extremely poor children at 51 percent.

• By 2030, an estimated 80 percent of the world’s extreme poor will live in fragile contexts.

A poverty free world by 2030 is ultimately to our benefit since we would be living in that future. What greater joy than to shape our own poverty free future!!

Africa is the continent with the largest population of youth. It is on us to take up an active fight against poverty. How can we do this by combining the, innovation, passion and drive of youth to create concrete action steps and improve our world?

We need a mindset change.

We underestimate our power of ideas, power of innovation, our power of entrepreneurship. Africa’s challenges are a disguise for great opportunities.

Africa has everything. Is it not paradoxical that Africa has everything but lacks everything?

We need Passion, Selected Volunteerism, Personal Leadership and Staying Engaged with the Business of African Development.

Passion:

When we become passionate about ending poverty in Africa, we shall be dedicated to it, we shall be determined to end poverty, and we shall work hard to make it successful.

Selected Volunteerism:

We need to freely work in our communities across the continent falling on our skills (our areas of gifting) to develop the continent and putting an end to poverty. This has to be strategic because we must wisely choose aspects of the economy to volunteer for which would bring financial benefit to the continent. We should not always expect to be paid for services we render. It is not all about money.  

Personal Leadership:

Poverty would end in Africa if we uphold values of integrity, honesty, hard work, patriotism, contentment, truth and patience. These values would end corruption, bribery, lies, pilfering, and even nepotism.

Staying Engaged with the Business of the African Continent:

We need to stay focused on the goal of putting an end to poverty and developing the continent of Africa.

BACKGROUND OF SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The SDGs were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs are 17 in number.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.

They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.

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