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Working to eradicate poverty in St. Kitts & Nevis and worldwide




Bokova-2Basseterre, Saturday 14th October, 2017 ( -The United nations, through one of its important agencies, is turning the spotlight on the world’s most vulnerable people, with the commemoration on Tuesday 17th October, as the International Day of Poverty.

In so doing, the St. Kitts & Nevis Commission for UNESCO is inviting all community groups and other partners in the Federation to help raise awareness of the day and to encourage fellow citizens to strive to alleviate poverty in our nation.

Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, Irina Bokova said in a statement released on Friday, (13th October), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind.

The agenda, she added, calls for eradicating poverty by 2030. “For this, we need swift action by Governments to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into effective policies that are supported with appropriate resources. The 2030 Agenda is ambitious -- we need ambitious measures to take it forward,” stated the Director General.

The 2030 Agenda emphasizes the integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of poverty eradication, and Bokova said we need integrated action across different policy spheres, making the most of capabilities and resources through targeted policies designed to accelerate progress across the board.

This is the importance of UNESCO’s leadership in advancing cooperation through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information, added the UNESCO boss

Along with the Organization’s Global Priorities, Gender Equality and Africa, these are areas with catalytic impact across the 2030 Agenda, acting as development multipliers for a wide range of goals and targets.

“Capabilities must be combined with ownership. National plans to eradicate poverty will be stronger if they are inclusive, integrating the voices of all parts of society. Access to basic services is essential, as is the required knowledge capabilities -- but eradicating poverty calls also for greater participation by all women and men, starting with young people, whose empowerment is key to success,” stated Bokova.

The UNESCO official believes that eradicating poverty is a human rights imperative, and that it is also a development imperative and a peace imperative.

This is why we need action now to translate promises into reality. This is UNESCO’s message on this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, said the Director General, in a commemorative statement.

The theme for this year is 'Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A Path toward Peaceful and Inclusive Societies'.




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