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SDG 1: End poverty in all forms by 2030


The first Sustainable Development Goal is ambitious: it calls on us to work together to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. Poverty has many dimensions, but it’s caused by the unequal distribution of and access to power and resources in society. Although global poverty is in decline, the rate of poverty reduction is decelerating. At home, despite consistent economic growth and record numbers of employment, 5.6% of the Irish population are still experiencing poverty. 

What Can I Do?

Buy fair-trade and other ethically sourced products where people are offered decent prices for their produce and labour. Volunteer in a skill-sharing programme within your college or community e.g. computer skills, building a resume, preparing for job interviews. Campaign for international solutions for peace. Violent conflicts and social upheaval are one of the main drivers of poverty. Food waste is linked to global poverty as consumers increase the demand for food by causing prices to rise and make food less affordable for others. Write to your local TD’s, and ask them to make sure Ireland continues to work towards achieving an end to world poverty.

What Are The Targets?

1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day. 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions. 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable. 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance. 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters. 1.A Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions. 1.B Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.