Poverty eradication

Poverty eradication is the central focus of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically highlighted by SDG 1, "No Poverty." The aim is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030, underlining the necessity of ensuring social protection for the poor and vulnerable, enhancing access to basic services, and supporting people harmed by climate-related extreme events and other economic, social, and environmental shocks and disasters.

However, poverty eradication is intrinsically linked to all the other SDGs due to its pervasive influence. It hinders the achievement of quality education (SDG 4) as children from low-income households often lack access to quality education. In terms of "Good Health and Well-being" (SDG 3), poverty can result in inadequate access to healthcare services, nutritious food, and sanitation facilities, leading to poor health outcomes.

Moreover, "Decent Work and Economic Growth" (SDG 8) is crucial for lifting individuals out of poverty. Creating sustainable work opportunities and ensuring fair wages can lead to improved living conditions and break the cycle of poverty. "Zero Hunger" (SDG 2) is another goal where eradicating poverty plays a significant role since poverty is a primary driver of food insecurity.

From a broader perspective, the concept of sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) involves creating environments where all citizens, regardless of their income level, can access basic urban services. This includes affordable, secure housing, transportation, and green public spaces.

In terms of climate action (SDG 13), the poor are often the most vulnerable to climate change impacts, despite contributing the least to greenhouse gas emissions. Efforts to mitigate climate change must include strategies to lift people out of poverty.


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LexisNexis Legal & Professional has created a rule of law impact tracker using a range of data sets. The rule of law impact tracker is an interactive tool which quantifies the relationship between the rule of law and social and economic development. The rule of law plays a vital part in underpinning all of the SDGs and in particular the targets of SDG 16 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
2018 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge second prize winner, Dr. Alessio Admiano
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Elsevier, Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, August 2020
Viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, known as arboviruses, pose a significant threat to human life and are a major burden on many health systems around the world. Currently, arbovirus control strategies rely on insecticides or vector source reduction and, in the absence of effective, accessible and affordable vaccines, mainly on symptomatic based, non-specific treatments. However, insecticides have the potential to interfere with non-target organisms, cause environmental toxicity and insecticide resistance reduces their effectiveness as a sustainable control method.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, August 2020

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