UN panel recommends 'ambitious' roadmap to curb extreme poverty by 2030

Washington, May 31 (ANI): United Nations (UN) has chalked out roadmaps to combat world's major challenges, especially poverty and plans to eradicate extreme poverty in all countries by 2030.

The UN panel appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year has recommended the development agenda to cut extreme poverty by half, stop the

HIV/AIDS pandemic and increase the number of people with access to clean water and sanitation, Fox News reports.

The Panel has said that the millennium has seen the fastest reduction in poverty in human history with half a billion people living below an international poverty line of 1.25 dollars a day.

Child death rates have fallen by more than 30 percent, with about three million children's lives saved each year compared to 2000.

According to the report, the panel intends to propose steps to tackle the causes of poverty such as weak government institutions, corruption, a lack of basic freedoms, conflict and hunger.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and British Prime Minister David Cameron called it a 'bold and practical' proposal with 12 goals and 54 targets.

The report said that the recommended goals include ensuring food security, sustainable energy and sustainable natural resources management; creating jobs and promoting economic growth and good governance; achieving gender equality and ensuring stable and peaceful societies.

The panel targets to include promoting free speech and the rule of law, ending child marriage, protecting property rights, encouraging entrepreneurship and ensuring that every child has at least a primary school education.

However, critics like U.S. panelist John Podesta who co-chaired President Barack Obama's transition team has expressed doubts saying that 'more than 40 percent of the extreme poor now live in conflict and conflict-affected states and it is difficult to complete the task.' (ANI)


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