Right now, 736 million people live in extreme poverty — struggling to survive on less than $1.90 per day. Meanwhile, 26 people hold as much wealth as 50% of the planet’s population. This inequality is unacceptable and entirely unnecessary.
In 2015, world leaders promised to change this. At the UN General Assembly in New York, representatives from almost every government in the world came together and committed to achieving 17 Global Goals designed to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change, and reduce inequality by 2030.
It may sound impossible — but it’s not. If the world invested an extra $350 billion every year, experts say these goals could be achieved in the poorest countries. This seems like a lot — but this represents just a fifth of global military spending each year.
Yet leaders are currently lagging behind — and if we don’t act now, we will lose our chance to achieve this dream.
We all have a part to play. Governments, institutions, and big business must pledge more funds key areas like education, health and nutrition and change their practices — and the world’s billionaires must fulfill their moral obligation to contribute money to the cause. The voices of everyday people can help make this happen.
Call on those in power — from governments and institutions, to big business and billionaires — to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change.