Multi-dimensional Poverty Addressed at the UN
With its focus on SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms every) the theme of this year’s 56th Commission on Social Development (January 29 – February 7, 2018) at the UN was “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.” More than one intervention reminded us that poverty is multi-dimensional, embracing social exclusion and lack of culture as well as economic deprivation. And all aspects of poverty are reflected in the inequalities that exist both within and among countries (SDG 10). While globalization is meant to reducing poverty, it actually develops inequalities. Thus the question of inequality in society, which is seldom given attention, needs to be addressed directly, which the Commission hopes to do next year.
Once again, my vision was broadened and I became more aware of both the accomplishments and the struggles the UN faces as it strives to fulfill its original vision of building peace, which is possible only when human rights are respected and poverty is ended. It is a hopeful sign that Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals continues to focus the discussion and guide the policies of the member states.