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The essential ingredients required for poverty eradication are contained within the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review: promote productive capacity, employment and decent work using criteria of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels. The MDGs focus on poverty eradication and empowerment of 50% of the population, women and girls through promoting gender equality with access to education, health services, land rights and financial markets particularly in the rural areas. The challenge is in how to implement the aspirational values of the United Nations and MDGs in an affluent, production-consumption, profit driven globalized world which perpetuates human rights violation by permitting the continuance of gender inequality, extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Alternative models of business and redistribution of resources and opportunities are called to develop productive capacities, employment and decent work.
Examples based on our organization┐s work with women and girls in rural areas across the world support this analysis. The Permanent People┐s Tribunal Session on Agro-chemicals, which recently took place in Bangalore, India indicated that agro-chemical corporations have grown tremendously wealthy and powerful, profiting from the hazardous products and technologies that they have pushed into agriculture. The recommendations coming from the Permanent People's Tribunal Session call for the upholding of human rights, especially of vulnerable populations, by calling on national governments not to ratify any new trade or investment agreements proposed without regard for human rights norms. Further governments should avoid granting immunity from criminal liability to agro-chemical companies under national law and prevent direct or indirect harassment, and intimidation of scientists, farmers and human rights and environmental defenders. These same recommendations are applicable in many other instances in the corporate world.
Best practices within our organization bear witness to the transformation that takes place when women and girls realize their dignity and access their human rights and justice at an individual and community level. In 2011, as part of the "Programa Desarrollo Comunitario" in Paraguay, 180 agro-ecological gardens were developed on a partnership model, which in turn led to the redistribution of community assets, e.g., water, development of management skills, improving the equitable distribution of household tasks, production of healthy food, development of food processing techniques and economic improvement. A project promoting the "Socioeconomic Development of the Marginalized Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribal Women" in Madhya Pradesh, India successfully uses a rights-based approach illustrating that local ownership, participation and sharing in decisions are key to eradicating poverty. However, such developments are vulnerable to destruction and impoverishment when not accompanied with structural and systemic change that supports these principles.
Implementation of the Social Protection Floor Initiative proposed by the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme proposes a coherent, nationally designed policy ensuring access to services and a minimum income to every person living in poverty, while guaranteeing a human rights approach. Implementation of the Social Protection Floor Initiative by 2020 will facilitate the development of pructiveapacity and make for inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth.