It is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 

More than 10% of the global population is currently living in conditions of extreme poverty, with less than $2 a day to try and survive on.

 

Over 700 million people are unable to meet their basic daily needs. Many live in situations of conflict and crisis; others face barriers in accessing health care, education and job opportunities, preventing them from benefitting from broader economic development. And women are disproportionately affected.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as embodied in Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, remains one of the greatest global challenges and a major priority for the United Nations.

This year, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice. There is a fundamental connection between eradicating extreme poverty and upholding the equal rights of all people. – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

 

Biotech is going to be, and is, a key contributor to achieving the delivery of the UN Global Goals, including number one, to End Poverty, according to the Deputy Secretary General, EuropaBio, Joanna Dupont Inglis. Read the article she wrote for us to learn about its importance to the 17 Goals.