Ending extreme poverty

Ending extreme poverty

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.
Pope Francis

Ending extreme poverty

Ending extreme poverty

Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Ending extreme poverty

Ending extreme poverty

When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.

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About Move Humanity

Move Humanity is a new global initiative aiming to establish SDG-focused philanthropy as a global norm. It highlights the power and potential that the world’s wealthiest individuals can have by donating just 1% of their wealth each year to addressing this century’s most pressing challenges.

The initiative aims to help close the SDG financing gap in the lowest income countries by mobilizing greater private funding for basic health and education, critical infrastructure, and environmental conservation priorities.

The initiative is a partnership between the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Human Act, a Copenhagen-based NGO.

Move Humanity is a new global initiative aiming to establish SDG- focused philanthropy as a global norm.

The SDGs are a plan for a better world

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s goals to end extreme poverty, achieve decent work for all, promote social justice, and protect the natural environment from human-caused harms.

They are an agreement by all 193 UN member states of the priorities for a prosperous, fair, and sustainable world.

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A Greater culture of giving

Move Humanity aims to foster a greater culture of giving. Our global challenges of extreme poverty, wealth inequality, conflict and climate change will escalate quickly and dangerously if we do not urgently change course. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give us a globally agreed upon plan to fight these challenges and foster a better world for future generations.

There is no plan B, because there is no planet B
Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

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Close the SDG financing gap

Move Humanity aims to help close the SDG financing gap. Achieving the SDGs will require rapid mobilization of financial resources from all sectors of the global economy. Estimates suggest that an incremental investment of $3-4 trillion per year will be necessary to achieve the goals. For the poorest countries, the financing gap for critical expenditures is much smaller, estimated at $200 billion per year. If business-as-usual continues, governments alone will be unable to finance the SDGs.

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Establish SDG philanthropy as a global norm

Move Humanity aims to establish SDG-focused philanthropy as a global norm. Official development assistance is not enough, we need private funding to help close the SDG financing gap.

The paradox of our time is that rich countries are freezing or cutting international aid at the same moment that private wealth is soaring. Official development assistance plateaued between 2008 and 2012, yet private finance flows and grants increased.

Forbes reports that there are now a record 2,208 billionaires in the world. These individuals possess a collective net worth of $9.1 trillion USD, one percent of which could close approximately half of the SDG financing gap in the world’s lowest income countries.

Mobilizing an additional $91 billion per year would help achieve the SDGs in the world’s poorest countries and:

  • Bring 1 billion humans living on less than $2 per day out of extreme poverty.
  • Save more than 6 million children per year from dying before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases.
  • Put 263 million children through school.
  • Give future generations a chance by protecting the planet from climate change.
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The tradition of philanthropy

Move Humanity will build on a long tradition of large-scale philanthropy. The idea of large-scale philanthropy has a venerable global tradition. The collective generosity of individuals like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Ford, Bill and Melinda Gates, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Gordon and Betty Moore, William and Flora Hewlett, Robert Wood Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, George Soros, Warren Buffet, among many others, has had and continues to have immense global impact. The results of their pioneering philanthropic work include cutting-edge contributions to governance, health care, education, environmental conservation, technological advancement, and other areas of great social significance.

If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.

– Warren Buffet

The plan to
Move Humanity

Move Humanity is calling upon all 2208 of the world’s highest net worth individuals – those with wealth of $1 billion USD or more – to direct at least 1 percent of their net worth each year towards the SDGs. We believe that many donors will answer this call and come forward to support the SDGs in line with their individual expertise, regional preferences, and business experience.

For those who do not, national governments should consider an SDG levy of 1 percent of net worth to raise critical funds to bridge urgent SDG financing gaps. Move Humanity will work with the United Nations, civil society, academia, youth, and the private sector to ensure adequate and timely SDG funding through multilateral financing vehicles such as the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, as well as a host of other regional and national entities with the capacity to act at scale and rigorously document their efficiency and impacts.

The roadmap

Follow the Move Humanity journey through each milestone
towards the process of eradicating extreme poverty.

  • Move Humanity conceptualized, founded in Copenhagen, Denmark
    By Human Act Foundation

  • Move Humanity shows their logo from the world's highest pointtop – the peak of Mount Everest at 8848 meters

  • Move Humanity partners with the SDSN

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  • Presentation of Move Humanity at the UN High- level meeting on Financing for the SDGs at UN Headquarters in New York

  • Presentation of Move Humanity at the UN High-Level Political Forum

  • Move Humanity presentation at the European Forum Alpbach in Vienna, Austria

  • Launch & presentation of Move Humanity during the UN General Assembly

  • First Annual SDG Giving Report Launch

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