Do you believe that the church has a role to play in ending extreme poverty?
Many of you will have been aware of the official launch of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN General Assembly over the last few days. These 17 new goals build on the previous Millennium Development Goals which were targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions including income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability.
The MDGs have had some great successes such as reducing poverty and drastically improving access to safe water, but had some missed targets too, particularly in fragile and conflict affected states.
What Are the SGDs?
The SDGs replace the millennium development goals and will be in place until 2030. The 169 targets within the 17 SGDs are aspirational, even overwhelming, but do communicate a sense of optimism in improving the lives of millions of people across our planet over the next 15 years.
There is a rallying call to end extreme poverty (those that live on less than $1.90/day).
We are part of a generation that could see the end to this by 2030. This will take huge international commitment from high level UN support through to individual communities across the globe to see this achieved.
The local church has a massive role to play in ending extreme poverty. Around the world the church has the potential to impact its community hugely, and we want to play our part - as individual local churches, and working together as a family of churches.
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