This is the fourth post in a series about the United Nations Development Goals, seventeen benchmarks for eradicating global poverty by the year 2030, set by the United Nations in September 2015. Through our fair trade partnerships with organizations working on the ground in the developing world, Global Handmade Hope is working hard to alleviate global poverty, and we’re proud to be a part of the movement to make sure these goals are met.
Today, we’ll discuss goals 10, 11, and 12. .
GOAL TEN: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
In the majority of the developing world, income inequality is greater today than it was in the 1990s. The United Nations firmly believes that Income inequality cannot be effectively tackled unless the underlying inequality of opportunities is addressed. This means we must fight discrimination based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, ability, religion, and more. Our partners work with populations that are often discriminated against in that country - including women & the disabled, making it difficult for them to find sustainable jobs. Through their work with our partners they are able to learn a craft, earn a living wage, and support their families.
GOAL ELEVEN: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
For decades, there’s been a steady march from rural areas to urban, as people search for work. Half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that number is growing steadily! The world’s cities are hubs for industry, innovation, and prosperity - but at the same time, 828 million people live in poverty in urban slums. Our partner tend to work with populations living in slums, providing job training, a livable wage, and a leg up out of poverty, so more and more people can realize the dream of economic success in our urban areas.
GOAL TWELVE: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
According to the UN, “sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs, and a better quality of life for all.” This right here is the heart of fair trade. We believe that all people are, at minimum, deserving of dignified work, a safe and healthy work-place, and a fair wage for their work. Every item in our shop is promoting these goals, and we’re happy to work toward this goal every single day. We invite you to browse our shop to show your support of these goals.