Might we be on the cusp of ending extreme poverty?

Might we be on the cusp of ending extreme poverty?

The Global Goals


“Many people believe poverty to be one of the world’s permanent features. Most find it hard to imagine that poverty could disappear altogether. But one of the most striking aspects of the modern global economy is the remarkable long-term decline in the world’s worst forms of extreme poverty. We might actually be on the cusp of ending it.”



A post appeared today in my news feed that is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, “What’s Working: Sustainable Development Goals,” in conjunction with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of milestones will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York. The goals, which will replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others. As part of The Huffington Post’s commitment to solutions-oriented journalism, this What’s Working SDG blog series focuses on one goal every weekday in September. This post addresses Goal 1.

At Business Connect, this is music to our ears. To provide some context, over the past generation the share of humanity living on less than $1.25 per day, the technical benchmark for extreme poverty, has been dropping by roughly one percentage point per year. That rate of progress might seem pretty modest at first, but it translates to a decline from approximately 36 percent of the world living in extreme poverty in 1990 down to less than 12 percent today.

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.  The Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. 

Read, be inspired and join the movement to end extreme poverty today. If you want to find out how you can help, contact us today at http://bit.ly/1V7eRFj.


650 Million People Live Without Access to Clean Water

650 Million People Live Without Access to Clean Water

Water filter training in Maratane Refugee Camp1Can you imagine life without safe water? For 650 million people it’s a daily reality. Without access to clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning, people are more likely to suffer from water-related diseases. These diseases are often fatal to young children, killing over 1,400 children a day.

Water is central to these challenges. Our lives and livelihoods, and that of all other living creatures, depend on water. Without it we cannot sustain a productive economy, live healthy lives or produce food, energy and other basic necessities and commodities.

World Water Week (#WorldWaterWeek) is a week long meeting that was held in Stockholm this week and featured both water and sanitation-related issues as well as the vital role businesses such as Business Connect plays in addressing them.  As the theme for this year’s program highlights the importance of “Water for Development” —  you have seen how this is at the root of what we do as we impact people living in developing countries through our international distribution network. We inspire, teach and mobilize women, young people and individuals to create their own small business bringing life-enhancing clean products to their communities and villages. But we can’t do it alone.

Development is about making people healthier, wealthier, better educated and more water secure. This is what the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are aiming for. As people gain access to basic services and move away from poverty, they will in parallel develop a higher capacity to cope with climate change. In other words, climate change adaptation and development go hand in hand.International adaptation finance must, therefore, focus on ensuring we meet the SDGs in a way that is robust to climate change. This means that people’s most basic development needs – such as access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services – are met before money is spent on narrowly defined adaptation projects such as drought-resilient seeds or raising existing sea walls.

Help us develop a world where access to clean and safe “green” products is a reality. Contact us today for more information.

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