Vaca: The elimination of poverty is a question of political will

CELAC Sets Out to Eliminate Poverty Following Ecuador’s Lead

Minister contends that the elimination of poverty is a question of political will.

cecilia vaca ecuadorAt the most recent CELAC summit, regional leaders committed to eliminating extreme poverty in 5 years and as the pro tempore president of CELAC, Ecuador is working to provide the necessary leadership to meet this goal.

In an interview with the Ecuadorean newspaper El Telegrafo published on Monday, Cecilia Vaca, the Coordinating Minister for Social Development, stated that the region is living in a different era and it can show the world what its priorities are and how they can be accomplished.

“I am convinced that (elimination of) poverty in a rich region such as ours is a question of political will,” said Vaca, adding that in order to end poverty, the member states of CELAC must prioritize investment in health and education, and implement strategies that result in dignified employment.

“We cannot talk about peace while 68 million Latin Americans and Caribbeans live in extreme poverty, because that is also a type of violence.”

Vaca also drew a link to the fight against extreme poverty and the decision of CELAC to declare Latin American and the Caribbean a region of peace. “We cannot talk about peace while 68 million Latin Americans and Caribbeans live in extreme poverty, because that is also a type of violence.”

Ecuador is apt to lead the region’s struggle to eliminate extreme poverty. The country recently declared that extreme poverty had been eliminated in one province in the country, and hopes to eliminate it in the entire country by 2017.

Source: CELAC Sets Out to Eliminate Poverty Following Ecuador’s Lead TeleSUR

2 thoughts on “Vaca: The elimination of poverty is a question of political will

  1. It is time we eliminate poverty in the regions. We should have spoken a long time ago about poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean regions. At least the majority of families should live at least as a middle income family. I wonder when this will become a reality; probably not in many of our lifetime.

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