Posted by Gordon Crann


The Ultra-Poor make up over half of the estimated 797 million people living in extreme poverty. As Nelson Mandela observed, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right; the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” In 2015, 193 countries, together with the World Bank and the United Nations (UN), jointly declared an intention to achieve one of the most ambitious goals in human history: “By 2030, nobody will live in extreme poverty, anywhere in the world.”
What is required now is a shared, multi-sector commitment to immediately direct the resources and enact the policies required to do so.
On Thursday, June 28, 2018, immediately following the Toronto Rotary International Convention, District 7090’s Rotary E-Club of Social Innovators (RESI) will host - at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A6 - an Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit.  For more information on the summit and tall ships event please click here.