NIGERIA CHAMPIONS UNITED NATIONS POVERTY ERADICATION GROUP

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Furtherance to its vision of eradicating poverty across the world, the United Nations (UN), in collaboration with other member states under the umbrella of ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ has developed a blueprint that will help alleviate the scourge of poverty in the world.

This was disclosed at the recent high-Level Meeting on ‘Poverty Eradication Strategies’ held by the UN.

Speaking at the occasion, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the Nigerian Permanent Representative to the UN, and President of the 74thsession of United Nations General Assembly described poverty as an obstacle towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying that “Before the onset of the pandemic, 2.1 billion people were classified as poor globally, with 767 million living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that by the year 2030, more than 100 million people would have relapsed into poverty, due to COVID19 and climate change”.

The UNGA President also noted that the eradication of poverty was among his key priorities as the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly. He, therefore, called on the group to pull together all necessary factors and interests which will serve as one-stop networking, information sharing, and bridgebuildingcentre towards poverty eradication.

Membership of the ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ Group Currently comprises of over 30 founding Member States with Nigeria as its Interim Coordinator.

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