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On Mandela Day, Show Your Support for Ending Extreme Poverty

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Nelson Mandela

July 18 is Mandela Day when we honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service and commitment to social justice, including the fight against extreme poverty. July 18 marks his birthday, the first one since his death in December at the age of 95. The day offers an opportunity to reflect on Mandela’s transformative impact on the world, the power of an individual to change the course of history, and his enduring legacy in the fight against extreme poverty.

 “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation.”

—Nelson Mandela

At the World Bank Group’s Spring Meetings in April, the inspirational footage of Nelson Mandela speaking these words filled the Atrium, where World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and millennial generation leaders called for action to end extreme poverty by 2030.  Countless people around the world are carrying forward the legacy of great leaders like Mandela, raising awareness and building momentum toward the goal – so no one has to live on less than $1.25 per day. 

President Kim’s optimistic outlook shines through his words: "The great news is that we need everybody. We need writers who can write about this, we need engineers, we need doctors, we need lawyers, we need artists. We need everybody who can capture the imagination of the world to end poverty." The movement to end extreme poverty is in all of our hands.

As Nelson Mandela said, “Poverty...can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” Honor his legacy and join in the fight against poverty.  Sign the petition calling on all countries to take every possible action to end extreme poverty by 2030.


Sign the Zero Poverty 2030 Petition


Submitted by Dimitrie Sissi Mukanyiligira on

Yes, together we can eradicate poverty in the world ! The World Bank and other development institutions are already doing very well in leading the actions of poverty eradication but other efforts are needed especially the political will and determination from different governments to get their populations feeling involved and initiating their own actions because they have their own unique needs.

Submitted by Ramaih.G on

I fully support,Nelson Mandelas vision and world bank presidents vision to eradicate poverty from the face of the world. Ram

Submitted by Tianna Balsis on

No one should ever have to go hungry, or go without running water. More & more children are dying from being malnourished every day. Granted no one should ever have to die because they are hungry. We should vote to implement a law requiring that all the millionaires & billionaires in our world either donate 25% of their yearly earnings to the poverty stricken, or volunteer a good chunk of their time to help in any way possible. However reinforcing that law might prove to be difficult.

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