By Elisha London, Zero Poverty 2030 , The Global Poverty Project
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Ending extreme poverty within our lifetime is more than just a vision, it could be a reality.
In April 2013 the World Bank declared that it is possible that extreme poverty can be ended by 2030, and this goal has also been recommended by the UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. However, agreement on the goal is very different to achievement of it. NGOs, multi-laterals, businesses and individuals working to fight extreme poverty have joined together to develop the road map for ending extreme poverty as part of the post 2015 agenda, and Development Initiatives’ Investment to End Poverty report provides a welcome analysis of the financial resourcing required to get there. While we know that ending extreme poverty is possible, whether this will be achieved depends on all actors playing their part.
At the heart of the matter is a question of political will. Yes, ending extreme poverty will be one of our generation’s greatest opportunities, but also it’s greatest challenge. More political will than ever will be required to support all efforts to end extreme poverty, whether through ensuring aid is better targeted and working in coordination with other financial flows, ensuring growth is benefiting the poorest of the poor, or ensuring the international systems that support development are functioning effectively for the poorest.
Many of these themes are picked up in both Investments to End Poverty and within the wider post-2015 agenda discussions that have been taking place. Some hard decisions will need to be made, and a strong and truly global movement is needed to ensure they are and that our leaders are held to account for them.
More than ever before, a global movement of citizen voices is needed, calling not just for alignment, but action.
Zero Poverty 2030 is a new global campaign enabling citizens to call on their own governments to support all these efforts being undertaken to end extreme poverty, and calling them to do more. Since launching last month, already 35,000 people from around the world have signed the petition, in 15 countries. However, for leaders to hear and respond, many more are needed.
The President of the World Bank, Dr Jim Yong Kim, has endorsed the campaign, and announced he will present this petition to world leaders at the April 2014 World Bank Meeting. Whether you are an individual, business, NGO or any other organisation, join Zero Poverty 2030 and stand with the rising civil society movement of global citizens calling for action towards an end to extreme poverty by 2030 .
Follow the campaign on Twitter: @Zeropoverty2030 #by2030
Development Initiatives supports the Global Poverty Project’s Zero Poverty 2030 Campaign.