Poverty is a human rights violation. Every child, youth, man and women has the human right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, to food, clothing, housing, medical care and social services.
In Lebanon, and according to United Nations Development Programme, According to the Living Conditions Index, 32.1 percent of households or 35.2 percent of the Population live below the satisfaction threshold. These are divided between households having a very low degree of satisfaction, including 7.1 percent of households (6.8 percent of individuals), and those having a low degree of satisfaction, including 25 percent of households (28.4 percent of individuals). Households having intermediate satisfaction represent the largest component, with 41.6 percent of households (42.2 percent of individuals), while households having a high degree of satisfaction account for 26.4 percent of the total (22.3 percent of individuals).
More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. In total, 2.5 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. Every year, eleven million children die, most under the age of five and more than six million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, BeirutNightLife.com supports any initiative to eradicate poverty in Lebanon, the region and the world.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October)
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority.
At the Millenium Summit, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half by the year 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty – people whose income is less than one dollar a day.
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — “Working together out of poverty” — highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.