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International Youth Day: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production
By admin August 12, 2016

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Today marks International Youth Day, an awareness day officially designated by the United Nations (UN) after the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicateting Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. In particular, the year’s theme aims to lay the groundwork to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by world leaders at the UN Summit in 2015 in an effort to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change – while ensuring that no one is left behind over the next 15 years. The UN explicitly states in an article by the UN Global Compact that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

How is poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production related? According to a UN report, the world population will reach 9.5 billion by 2050 and 70 percent of the population will live in urban areas. The percentage of poverty in 2010 has been reduced to nearly half its size since the early 1990s, but 1.2 billion people are still struggling from extreme poverty. Urban areas will be concentrated with more than 6.7 billion people by 2050, yet it still remains difficult to measure the impact of poverty in the future. As stated in another article by the UN, consumption and production activities are the basis of the global economy, but current patterns are fast depleting natural capital, degrading ecosystem services and undermining the capacity of countries to meet their needs in a sustainable way. The shift to SCP patterns implies increasing efficiency and productivity throughout the supply chain and the life-cycle of the products, in the short and long-term.

Therefore, leaders of the world have discussed way to achieve sustainable development, and eventually came up with an idea that to end extreme poverty in all its forms and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all, the world’s consumption and production patterns need to be managed in a more sustainable and equitable way. In a sense, this great plan is particularly aimed for future generations and, more importantly, the world.

 

For more information:

2016 Theme: The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production

Agenda 2030: the Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12—Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns: An Essential Requirement for Sustainable Development

World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision

 


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