On Thursday, Peace Boat US honored the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by attending an interactive event entitled “MDGs, Poverty, and the Post-2015 Agenda- Working Together for a World Without Discrimination.” Hosted by UNICEF, the speakers included Maryann Broxton, Sering Falu Njie, Tom Thomas (via Skype), and Marta Benavides, with Amina Mohammed: Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development and ‘key listener’ of the event.
As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, the call for specificity was answered by the World We Want 2015 platform and its “People’s Voices” Series. Its mission is to amplify people’s voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development. The beauty of this project is in its simplistic nature; it asks people all over the world what kind of change they want to see in order to address their immediate needs.
Two of the most common issues brought up in the People’s Voices Series were poverty and inequality. But as Moderator John Hendra pointed out, “We cannot eradicate poverty if we do not address inequality.” The new development agenda of post-2015 provides the opportunity for societies to shift to a more just world, where resources are shared more equitably and people have a greater say in the decisions that affect their lives.
While a major element in addressing need in America and around the world has been various renditions of the welfare system, this basic help has been surrounded by ignorance and riddled with shame. Amina Mohammed addressed the stigmas that are forced on welfare recipients, and noted that financial assistance programs do not perpetuate dependency and poverty, but rather poverty is caused by systems that unapologetically render certain constituents as unequal.
“Everyone has a right to dignity,” Mohammed stated. The World We Want 2015 platform addresses these structural causes of discrimination by including those in need in the policy making that directly affects them.
Participating in the movement is easy. People from around the world can go to www.worldwewant2015.org/join to set up a profile that gives them the opportunity to share their story and to add their voices to the Global Conversation. As technology is a crucial tool in modern education, World We Want 2015 has given people the tools to become the educators, and to inform the world of their conditions. Doing so levels the playing field and encourages equality.
For more information on the People’s Voices Series and the speakers involved in Thursday’s event, visit http://www.worldwewant2015.org/PeoplesVoices
This post was created and published by: Sarah Halford (Intern at Peace Boat US)