No to Poverty: End Poverty
If I were to advocate a particular SDG, it would be No Poverty. This is a critical issue that must be addressed, yet it is frequently overlooked. Poverty is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, infant mortality, mental illness, undernutrition, lead poisoning, asthma, and dental issues, among other things. Poverty is defined as a lack of money and productive resources necessary for long-term survival. Hunger and malnutrition, restricted access to education and other basic services, social prejudice and marginalization, and a lack of involvement in decision-making are examples of its expressions.
There are several reasons why it is worth advocating, but the most important is that our well-being as humans is intertwined. Growing inequality stifles economic progress and erodes social cohesiveness, raising political and social tensions and, in certain cases, fueling instability and war. Poverty eradication is not a charitable endeavor, it is a matter of justice and the means to release immense human potential. Despite this, over half of the world's population lives in poverty, and hundreds are killed every day of the year due to a lack of food and clean water. Together, we can feed the hungry, eradicate illness, and ensure that everyone in the world can flourish and live a full and productive life.
We think that now is the moment to put a stop to the plague of extreme poverty by rebuilding proper connections between people, asserting human dignity, and putting an end to extreme poverty. There would be less poverty in the world if we were more dedicated to living these shared ideals. Our common beliefs compel us to empower and uplift people who are poor, rather than degrade them so that they might become agents of change. We must reject a politics that frequently silences their voices, blames them for their predicament, and exacerbates inequalities.
Even though I’m still a student, I can take this advocacy into action. I can be a leader who will not be afraid to voice our concerns. We can participate in policymaking and make a difference in poverty reduction. This will guarantee that our rights will be supported and that our voices are heard that our intergenerational knowledge is shared and that innovation and critical thinking are fostered at all ages to help people and communities develop. We pledge to work together to put an end to the scourge of severe poverty. We shall act, advocate, educate, and collaborate with one other as well as with larger efforts. We pledge to hold leaders at all levels of government, both public and private, domestic and international, responsible.