FH Talks Poverty Solutions with United Nations

FH's Director of Public Policy Lucas Koach at United Nations ECOSOC meetings.

As Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Director of Public Policy, last week I got to participate in meetings related to the annual United Nations (UN)General Assembly. It was an exciting time of conversations with people passionate about helping vulnerable people.

FH is formally registered with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Through ECOSOC, non-governmental and non-profit groups, who work to improve human conditions, give formal input and help shape recommendations to the UN on issues, like global poverty.

These recommendations are best captured in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

What About Ending Poverty?

The current MDG’s are set to expire in 2015. So we must begin asking, “What goals should nations agree upon looking past 2015?”

Extreme poverty has been cut in half in the past 20 years, which is to be celebrated. But inertia will not continue this trend. Tremendous challenges continue to confront impoverished people on our planet.

That is why it’s so essential that ECOSOC serves as a great global forum to discuss best practices for relief and development. Experts of all stripes come together in ECOSOC meetings to articulate global poverty issues and solutions.

It’s difficult to express the excitement of experts coming together to share ideas and research to help end suffering worldwide. It gives one hope that possibly by the year 2030, we will see the end of extreme poverty.

Christ’s Truth For True Change

But let me say that as a Christian relief and development organization, FH is keenly aware that it is ultimately “Christ in us” that is the hope of the poor. As the church is the largest, broadest, most recognizable institution around the world, we know true poverty alleviation comes with spiritual transformation.

And we know that spiritual transformation should inform social and economic transformation. It should all be integrated to achieve lasting results.

As FH engages in public policy, I am grateful we can bring our critical faith-based and Christ-centered perspectives to global forums like UN’s ECOSOC. When decision-makers can hear about Christ’s truth and love and apply it to help others…we know life-savings results will occur.

As the Lord blesses and provides resources for our field work, we desire to increasingly bring our expertise, voice and influence to such global forums. You can join us, too. By either being an advocate or calling Congress.

Whatever you do, whether sponsor a child or tell a friend about FH, you’re a part of the answer to ending extreme poverty.

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