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Beloften voor 2016

DAVOS – We leven in uitzonderlijke tijden. Elke dag lijkt nieuwe krantenkoppen te brengen over een crisis die speelt – of het nou migratie is, een wisselvallige economie, veiligheid, of klimaatverandering. Een factor die al deze complexe en ongekende uitdagingen gemeen hebben is armoede; de eliminatie hiervan zal het dus een stuk makkelijker maken om deze uitdagingen het hoofd te bieden.

Er is genoeg reden om optimistisch te zijn over de vooruitgang in het verminderen van ongelijkheid. Sinds het jaar 2000 zijn er opmerkelijke stappen gezet richting een wereld waarin iedereen de kans heeft om een gezond en productief leven te leiden. Het aantal zwangerschapsdoden is ongeveer met de helft gedaald, de kindersterfte en sterfgevallen door malaria zijn gehalveerd, en de extreme armoede is meer dan gehalveerd. En vorig jaar committeerde de wereld zich eraan om het karwei af te maken.

Het centrale onderdeel van de Globale Doelstellingen waar de 193 landen van de Verenigde Naties het in september over eens werden is om de armoede overal in al zijn vormen te hebben beëindigd tegen 2030. We hebben er vertrouwen in dat dit niet alleen mogelijk is, maar dat we grote doorbraken zullen meemaken gedurende dit traject, die ongekende kansen zullen bieden voor mensen in arme landen. We denken zelfs dat hun levens de komende 15 jaar sneller vooruit zullen gaan dan op welk moment in de geschiedenis dan ook – en ook dat deze meer zullen verbeteren dan ooit.

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