Our Vision States:
A Humankind without extreme Poverty and with reduced inequalities. A better world society with Opportunities for everyone, and not only for the elite. An eco-friendly planet of Peace and respectful Coexistence. An Inclusive and Moral World.
Now, let’s try to understand this vision statement.
But, is a World Without Extreme Poverty Possible?
When many people and organizations dive into this topic, they typically do so with the assumption that Poverty is just a natural part of the Universe. But poverty appeared some 10,000 years ago. It doesn’t arise, it is created. Poverty itself is a human invention. We create it by design. And by design, we can unmake it.
We all know that the world reached the Millenium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. Today, less than 10% of the world lives in extreme poverty – despite a seven-fold increase in our population. Life expectancy has doubled in the last 100 years. Child mortality has reduced from 32% to less than 4%. More children are in school, more people live in democratic societies, more women have access to sexual and reproductive health rights than ever before in human history. We have also improved standards of living and expanded freedoms in ways that would have been unimaginable a few generations ago.
But there’s something missing from this picture. The above-mentioned progress hasn’t been uniform: close to one billion people have been left out of the process. Even though inequalities between countries have reduced, inequalities within countries are increasing. In fact, the eight richest people in the world today have the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest. People also remain poor or are thrown back into poverty, because of conflicts, natural disasters, or some other shocks which families and communities are just unable to cope with.
Actions For a World Without Poverty
In order to get to a world without poverty where development aspirations are met three actions are necessary:
- Building resilience through a risk-informed development
- Tackling inequalities and ensuring inclusion
- Ensuring sustainability and job-rich growth
Nowadays, we’re beginning to pay the price for the unsustainable ways in which development takes place – driven by fossil fuels, destroying fragile ecosystems, and devastating marginalized communities. We know that our current situation is unfair and untenable. But the focus of sustainable development is far broader than just the environment. It’s also about ensuring a strong, healthy, and just society. This means meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities, promoting personal wellbeing, social cohesion, inclusion, and creating equal opportunities.
Economic growth has to be inclusive to ensure the wellbeing of the entire population. Inclusive growth requires full respect for human rights. And it requires peace and respect between peoples and nations.
Every one of us has a role to play. Every journey starts with a first step – that step is commitment. Neo Citizens is our personal commitment to a progressive, better world. This commitment affects the causes we support, our consumption choices, and our leadership at work, at home and in our communities.
In a world where political leaders seem fixated on petty differences and are increasingly retreating from our global commitments, your commitment now is all the more important. We must raise our voices for what matters more than anything else: the world we leave for future generations.
We Progressives must fight together for a world where there is no unnecessary suffering, where equality is the norm and where every single person, no matter their race, religion or heritage, has equal opportunities to be better and to do better for the people and the environment and, of course, has a fair chance of living a joyful and dignified life.