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Why Ending Global Poverty Is About More Than Just Increasing Aid (RYOT)

August 12, 2015
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Imagine you had only $1.25 to live on every day. For around a billion people in the developing world, that tiny amount is a reality. And the tragedy of extreme poverty is something the world wants to stamp out through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recently, governments agreed the final text of the 17 Goals they will sign up to at the UN in September. Goal 1, for example, is to ‘end poverty in all its forms everywhere’. Goal 2 is to end hunger, Goal 5 to achieve gender equality, Goal 13 to take urgent action to combat climate change. It’s a really ambitious blueprint for global progress that makes sustainable development the aim and responsibility of every country on earth – because it understands that if we leave no-one behind, we all ultimately benefit from. That’s the idea, but the question many are asking is how will the world achieve the SDGs?

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