What can Millennials do to achieve the First Sustainable Development Goal?
Although the global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, according to a report of the Secretary-General, "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals", in 2013 767 million people lived below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day.
Considering the matter from a youth point of view, according to ILO - Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015, in 2013 more than one-third (37.8 percent) of employed youths in developing regions were poor, with 17.7 percent of them living in extreme poverty at less than $1.25 a day. According to World Economic Forum, 2014, in developing countries, an estimated 2/3 of the youth are not fulfilling their economic potential. As estimated by the Global Partnership for Youth, 2015, 2 out of 3 countries do not consult young people on poverty reduction strategies or national development plans.
The first Sustainable Development Goal, “No poverty”, calls on us, youth included, to work together and cooperate to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. And, as Millennials, what is it that we can do to give our effective contribution in achieving this goal?
Besides becoming active members of charitable associations or other philanthropic initiatives, there is something else that we can do.
According to a recent case study conducted by Elsevier, rural tourism has been recognized as a key approach to poverty alleviation, as the wealth that it can provide to poor households creates great prospects for development. Residents and outsiders work to provide healthy specialty food and then innovative entertainment, leisure activities, and other benefits to rural communities. Development benefits can be shared by communities that can, this way, improve their economies and living standards. Also, not only would it be a way to reach the first development goal, but also an opportunity to discover new places and live new experiences.
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