2015 represents an important year for the United Nations to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Among the goals that the United Nations has to eradicate poverty and hunger are: to reduce by half the amount of people that make less than $1 per day, accomplish employment and work for everyone including minorities such as women and to reduce by half the amount of people who are suffering from hunger.
The United Nations partners with different organizations and foundations in order to achieve these goals to eradicate poverty.
The Zero Hunger Challenge, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and the UNDP-IKEA Foundation are three movements that the United Nations are partnering with.
1. Zero Hunger Challenge
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives the invitation to every country to work for the future, a future in which every person has adequate nutrition and doesn’t lack food.
The Zero Hunger Challenge involves having no stunted children, 100 percent access to adequate food, sustainable food systems, 100 percent increase in smallholder productivity and zero food waste.
According to this challenge, the investment in agriculture, rural development and equality of opportunity helps to eradicate hunger.
This challenge promotes different strategies and cooperation in order to strive for results that combat hunger.
2. Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
The principle of this movement is that everyone has the right to good nutrition and food. This movement is supported by donors, people from the government, the United Nations and various others.
This movement seeks to address malnutrition by activities such as implementing programs and collaborations.
The principles of engagement are to be transparent and honest about the impact that collective action has, bring solutions that can be proven and interventions to scale, have a commitment to support the rights and equity of all human beings, resolve conflicts if they arise, be responsible so stakeholders can feel collectively accountable to the commitments, establish priorities and be communicative toward what works and what doesn’t.
3. UNDP-IKEA Foundation
This is a foundation that is benefiting 50,000 women from India.
This foundation has helped 9,000 dairy producers to form a company through provided financial literacy training. Profits also double within a year through the participation of the members.
The United Nations also contributes with other organizations, such as the UNDP and Brazil’s Natura Cosméticos, which brings training to beauty advisors in areas that vary from direct sales to customer training.
It is clear that the United Nations uses different methods to obtain results in the different humanity issues that it focuses on.
While they address different issues such as climate change, terrorism, food production, human rights, health emergencies and many others, global poverty and the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is under the Millennium Development Goals that the United Nations has, and partnering with different associations, movements, organizations and foundations has resulted in a way to reach for success in addressing these issues in the year of 2015.
– Diana Fernanda Leon