ERADICATE ALL FORMS OF POVERTY
Everyone deserves to live free from poverty and have the opportunity to prosper. Millions of people around the world do not have enough money to pay for food, home, to have a comfortable bed to sleep in, clean water, access to medical care or schools.
There are many reasons why people live on the edge of poverty, including unemployment, natural disasters and social and economic change.
Although poverty rates have fallen sharply since 1990, the worst forms of poverty persist. Eradicating poverty requires universal social protection systems that aim to protect all individuals throughout their life cycle. Targeted measures to reduce vulnerability to disasters are also needed.
1.1. By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
1.2. By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.
1.3. Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.
1.4. By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
1.5. By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
1.A. Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.
1.B. Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.
Business can play an important role in contributing to all these targets in the fight against poverty. Private sector financing often exceeds foreign aid to developing countries. Businesses can create decent, sustainable job positions, stimulate supply chain economic activity and, for example, contribute to taxes on basic services and infrastructure.