Freeing people from the scourge of extreme poverty
At the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Commissioner Piebalgs said: “This will be a reminder of the great and ambitious goal that guides our determination – freeing people from the scourge of extreme poverty.”
“We have reasons to be optimistic. A number of countries have pulled themselves out of poverty and are now emerging on the global scene. The number of people living in absolute poverty has decreased by 600 million since 1990 and the EU has critically contributed to this achievement. In fact, I'm proud to recall that at €53 billion of aid in 2011, the EU is the largest donor in the world, providing more than half of global development assistance.
“The EU has also been the greatest supporter of the Millennium Development Goals – the Goals that put the eradication of poverty at the top of the global agenda.
“We have embraced these Goals and our aid has made a real difference. Since 2004, for example, we have connected 32 million people to drinking water, enrolled more than 10 million children in primary education and provided access to electricity to more than 600,000 families. From Angola to Afghanistan, we're working on the ground to help lift as many people out of poverty as we can in the world's poorest countries.
“This is a strong record, to build on – but not to rest on.”
Read the full statement: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-12-786_en.htm