Carthy to deliver Keynote Speech at Eradicating Poverty for Network Development Conference in Brussels
Delivering a Keynote speech this morning at the Eradicating Poverty for Network Development Conference organised by the Global Network for Rights and Development, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy stated that both the EU and the Irish Government must do more than pay lip service to eradicating poverty.
“Events like today’s are very important to promote awareness for the need to help eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries and to identify solutions to resolve the poverty crisis, particularly in developing countries.
“Both the EU and the Irish government must do more than simply play lip service to eradicating poverty. An urgent review of the approach to eradicating poverty is required otherwise rather than reduce poverty by 2020 there will be a continuing growth in poverty.
“Only last week it was announced that one in 5 children in Ireland go to school or bed hungry. This is a damming indictment of what is meant to be a developed country.
“Furthermore, The European Anti-Poverty Network recently reported that poverty in the EU has increased by over 6 million since 2010 to 124.5 million people, despite the target being to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020.
“Sinn Féin sees the eradication of poverty, as the underpinning issue for all other development priorities and human rights issues. The right to food and water and the rights to education and health are basic human rights, not needs. Gender equality, good governance and the protection of human rights all stem from the primary critical goal of the eradication of global poverty.
Therefore, the elimination of poverty and the development of sustainable growth in the global south will best be achieved when economic, environmental and social issues are addressed in a comprehensive way and when international aid and private enterprise are coordinated and directed toward the need of poorer communities, not at the price of them."