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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEDIA SUMMIT seven voices in time
IT IS NOT BECAUSE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT THAT WE DO NOT DARE IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT DARE THAT THINGS ARE DIFFICULT


5th summit coordinator for poverty
ms. Aurelie hamel


To have somewhere to live, eat, work and also to have access to education and health...

According to the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights,  a person who doesn't have access to these rights: “Everyone has the right to work, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection for himself and his family and an existence worthy of human dignity... Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.”, can be considered to be poor.

A FAO report of 2000 tells us that, at the current stage reached by the means of agricultural production, the Earth can feed 12 billion people. However, each day on the planet, about 100,000 people die of hunger and 826 million people are seriously undernourished ."Of the billion people who today are undernourished in the world, 70% are indeed farmers - 50% live on land too small or of poor quality and 20% are landless families, surviving as agricultural workers".

A lot of people are deprived of the basic rights to live somewhere or to cultivate land, because of the private interests of a few richer people. Living in neglected settlements, Roma communities are often victims of forced evictions without adequate notice or prior consultation and without being offered any alternative accommodation. Many also lose their possessions and whatever access they had to education, sources of employment, and public services: “ On 3 April 2009, the Serbian authorities forcibly evicted 250 Roma from a temporary settlement in New Belgrade. For many of the residents, who were originally displaced from Kosovo, this was not the first time they were being torn away from their homes. The authorities offered the families containers in another part of Belgrade but local residents tried to set them on fire. The Romani families were at no point offered adequate housing.”  

To have somewhere to live, eat, work and also to have access to education and health, is the first condition for changing the situation of poverty.

Poverty is also connected with the other issues. Poor people are often discriminated against because they don't have access to equality and basic rights in their daily lives, and these hard living conditions generate violence. Access to health and education are an important condition which would allow people who live in poverty to be able to think and improve their future. Poverty is connected with youth because poverty reduces your possibilities to choose your future. They are forced to live in polluted environment where nobody else wants to live. Poor people are provided with less opportunities to make their own decisions, and this shouldn't happen in a democracy. A greater awareness of differences in access to rights and a better communication on these issues can enable young people to overcome these problems and find some new, better perspectives.