How can we end extreme global poverty for good? Ban Ki-moon, the head of the United Nations, has some ideas.
Ki-moon was in Washington, DC last week to talk about poverty, Ebola and tons of other issues important to ONE. He even attended the very cool Global Citizen event on the National Mall.
We were able to catch Ki-moon last Thursday when he spoke at the National Press Club, and he had some pretty wise things to say about how we can make our world a better place. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Everyone has to work together.
“A single country, however powerful or resourceful…cannot do it alone. We need collective power and solidarity.”
2. Let’s learn from the Ebola crisis.
“We are now within our goal of zero [Ebola] cases. But we have [another] important mission now…to have a lessons learned process. If we have to experience another epidemic crisis, how can we [better] mobilize our efforts?”
3. The world has made a lot of progress so far…
“For the past 15 years, the world has been pursuing an eight-point blueprint for reducing poverty. There has been remarkable progress: The world has lifted at least 700 million people from out of poverty. We have averted millions of deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Millions of children, including girls, have better access to education.”
4. …But we still have work left to do.
“Our challenge now is to finish the job. That is why United Nations member states are working very hard to shape the post-2015 development agenda with a [new] set of sustainable development goals.”
5. Talk is cheap—we need concrete action.
“The United Nations is going to have a high level conference in July in Addis Ababa…for financing for development. This is going to be very important. If we are not successful at this meeting, all these goals may be just pie in the sky. We have to have a real, practical, implementable framework to address these issues.”