WORLD - Ending Poverty by 2030 Not on Track

Arno Froese

In 2015 the world’s leaders committed to a sweeping set of targets to lift the world’s poorest citizens into a decent life by 2030. Four years later, it’s clear that the world is nowhere near on track to meet these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and millions of children still face a lifetime of inequality because of factors such as where they are born, their gender and their race.

The findings echo assessments in previous years by not just the foundation, but the United Nations and other analysts. But that merely underscores the urgency of shifting strategies before it’s too late, says Masood Ahmed, president of the Center for Global Development, a Washington think tank.

“No surprise is not a reason for no concern,” he says. 

Both Ahmed and the Gates report take pains to make the case that the current challenges do not mean that ending poverty is an impossible task. After all, countries have achieved staggering improvements over the past three decades.

For instance, worldwide, the share of people below the poverty line—meaning they have only $1.90 per day or less to live on—dropped from 36% in 1990 to 8% in 2018. But while the SDGs call for getting that down to zero, current projections are that by 2030, 7% of people will remain in poverty., 17 September 2019

Arno's Commentary

This is globalism at work. It’s not only certain foundations that aim to reduce and possibly eliminate poverty; there are innumerable criteria that contribute toward the constant improvement in quality of life and decrease in poverty.

What the Bible says is of course essential. Jesus Himself stated, “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always” (Matthew 26:11). Thus, there will be no end to poverty. Nevertheless, in order for the prince of darkness to create a peaceful, prosperous, and secure world, poverty will decrease, and life expectancy increase. In the end, these political, economic, financial, and quality of life issues for humanity on planet earth, will require a price. The price which the devil offered to Jesus: “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Luke 4:5-6). But humanity will gladly pay the price and worship him, as recorded in Revelation 13:3b: “…and all the world wondered after the beast.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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