Goal 1: No Poverty
Poverty is disastrous for people and for the planet. Aside from inflicting severe hardship on individuals, poverty prevents people from taking part in solutions – including meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Even in wealthier nations here are pockets of degrading poverty, especially where the gap between rich and poor is growing. Governments cannot “solve” poverty, but they can set up conditions that allow people to pull themselves out of penury. They can give access to credit and education for all, for example, and enforce fair laws justly.
They can streamline bureaucracy and create effective safety nets for the poorest. Richer countries can enable poorer ones in this effort by keeping their promises to establish a global regime that helps countries trade out of poverty; to increase aid; and to help them adapt to climate change.
The planet is too small and interconnected for the rich to be comfortable and secure, while billions suffer poverty.