UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for redoubling of efforts to eradicate poverty it in its entirety to ensure a sustainable future for all.
'Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world's efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all," he said in his message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
"But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first,' the secretary-general said.
Observed each year on Oct 1, the day acknowledges the effort and struggle of the more than 700 million people worldwide living on less than $1.90 a day.
Guterres noted that the focus of this year's commemoration is on 'acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty' as it falls during the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He said children are more than twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, condemning them to 'lifelong disadvantage' while also perpetuating 'an inter-generational transfer of deprivation'.
Additionally, children today will live with what the UN chief described as 'the devastating consequences of climate change' unless action is taken now.
Guterres pointed out that girls are at particular risk, but they are also a force for change.