International Organization for LDCs (IOLDCs)

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No poverty


Poverty supposes more than the lack of income and productive resources to ensure sustainable livelihoods. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.  


Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.


Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation.  




Source: United Nations Development Programme http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/goal-1-no-poverty.html


While progress in eradicating extreme poverty has been incremental and widespread, the persistence of poverty, including extreme poverty remains a major concern in Africa, the least developed countries, small island developing States, in some middle-income countries, and countries in situations of conflict and post-conflict countries.  


IOLDCs believes that poverty is one of the root causes of many conflicts, death, malnutrition, lack of adequate health and education and an impediment for the fulfilment of many other human rights.


Moreover, IOLDCs is committed to working for the eradication of poverty through its advocacy, training and partnership.

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