Starting from early man till date, the earth’s natural capital has been used in ways that are economically inefficient and wasteful, without sufﬁcient reckoning of the true costs of resource depletion. Underlying this development is the issue of poverty, which by default, is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development which recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound to reduce poverty for today’s population in order, to continue to meet the needs of future generations. So, it is absolutely not possible to talk about achieving sustainable development without first addressing the problem of poverty, the greatest global challenge facing the world today.
Even though, there has been marked progress on reducing poverty over the past decades, the work to end extreme poverty is far from over, as a number of challenges remain. Access to good schools, healthcare, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people, as they are often determined by socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and geography.
Despite the remarkable gains made in reducing poverty, inequalities persist and the number of people living in extreme poverty globally still, remains unacceptably high.
As poverty is a complex multidimensional problem with origins in both the national and international domains, CIAN believes that, there is no uniform solution that can be used for global application. Rather, we hold that, country-specific programs to tackle poverty and international efforts supporting national efforts, as well as the parallel process of creating a supportive international environment, are crucial for a solution to this problem. We unequivocally affirm that, the enormity and complexity of the poverty issue if not tackled headlong, could endanger the social fabric, undermine economic development and the environment, and threaten political stability and social cohesion, and, in some circumstances, drive instability and conflicts.