A broad definition of poverty includes not only economic but also human poverty, and access to opportunities.
Children must have the chance to get out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Without adequate nutrition, stimulation and education in their formative years, children can suffer permanent physical and cognitive damage, and will not develop their full capacities. For those low income countries that cannot/do not invest in human development, the ability to raise a new productive, innovative and creative generation can be diminished for years to come.
Much has been achieved over the last 20 to 30 years however these realities remain:
- 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 in low income countries is undernourished
- 69 million school-age children are not in school
- 1 in 30 women in sub-Saharan Africa dies while giving birth compared to 1 in 5,600 in high income countries
- Every year 1 million children are left motherless, making them 10 times more likely to die prematurely
It does not need to be this way.
It is time for another quantum leap based on partnerships between citizens, corporations, and governments.
With joint efforts it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty. It is therefore a moral obligation to ensure that it happens. Poverty leads to unjust suffering and also to limited human capacities, constrained growth, continued population increase and it can lead to unrest and instability. This is not good for society and it is not good for business. People need opportunities to progress. This requires; access to services, health and education. Combating poverty is in the interest of everyone: corporations, society, you and me.
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Women with secondary education have; less, healthier, and better educated children, than women with low or no education. Investing in girls is a must for combating poverty.”.
Poverty, population increase, and environmental degradation are interrelated in several ways.
World population is projected to increase from 6.8 billion in 2009 to
9 to 11 billion in 2050. The population increase occurs mainly among the poorest people and in the poorest countries. Poor women in low income countries have more children; often despite their wish to have a small family.
Making eradication of extreme poverty a top priority is a moral obligation. It could also mean 1 to 2 billion less
people in 2050. A population of 9 billion on our planet, presents already tremendous challenges with possible tension between people and with high risks of exceeding all planetary boundaries.
To eradicate extreme poverty is not a question only of stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. Attention must also be given to human development and addressing inequalities.
Facts about Poverty & Children
UNICEF fact sheets outline in more detail how poverty impacts human development in low income countries and the effects poverty has on sustainability and future opportunity.
See also UNICEF Report: Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity, interactive fact sheets.