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The United Nations is a Large organisation consisting of over 193 Member states. The United Nations, or UN, has been operating since the 24th of October in 1945 and has been growing ever since. The UN is responsible for overseeing the diplomatic, humanitarian and peace-related issues around the world. This organisation was founded after the previous failed attempts to create a body of multiple nations, such as the League Of Nations, failed to deliver on promises. On the first of January 2016, the UN unveiled a set of “sustainable development goals, these goals aimed to solve many world problems that currently exist in both developing and developed countries. 17 of these goals were released and consisted of the following. “No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health And Well Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water, Clean Energy, Economic Growth, Industry Innovation, Reduced inequalities, Sustainable cities and Communities, Responsible Food Consumption, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land Peace and Justice and Partnerships for the Goals. The United Nations has produced another goal regarding the achievement of these, the UN and its partners aim to achieve all of them by 2030 and go on to say that, “It is important that we achieve each goal and target by 2030.

The first Sustainable Development goal listed by the UN is “No Poverty”. Poverty is a major problem around the globe, affecting over 3 Billion people worldwide it is one of the biggest problems in societies today. The 3 sub-goals that the united nations have included in “No Poverty”, is, “To reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty”. “Ensure that all men and women, in particular, the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources”. And to: “build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations”. The United Nations has proposed many different strategies to achieve the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals). Some of which include: Financial aid developed countries, efforts from the private sector and also efforts from the science and academic community. The UN expects this to be a very achievable goal and has great confidence in the effort to be produced by a number of countries, it predicts that to end extreme poverty in 20 years it would require $175 Billion each year, “this represents less than 1 percent of the combined income of the richest countries in the world”. The private sector is described as being an engine of economic growth for the world and plays a major role in the contributions to economies. The UN states that: “Can promote economic opportunities for the poor by focusing on sections of the economy where the poor are most active”. The academic and science community also have a major role in increasing the awareness about the impact of poverty, the foundations for new sustainable approaches, solutions and technologies to better manage the challenges of extreme poverty.

The Catholic church also shares many of the goals that the UN does, in that solving these large-scale problems, the world can be a better place for all of us to live. Regarding poverty the Catholic church also has strong views about ending it in all countries and for all walks of life. The pope himself has contributed to the debate about how to end global poverty as well as other social issues. The church states that each person is sacred and is created in God’s image and that every person is destined to share the goods and values of the Earth as a member of the community. The Pope ( Pope Francis), has gone on record as saying that, “Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many poor persons”. From this, it is simple to describe the opposition that Pope Francis has to world poverty and his disbelief at the possibility of so much wealth yet so many poor in the world.

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