Topics: Poverty, United Nations, Human rights Pages: 3 (722 words) Published: May 21, 2013

Poverty is a complex world situation, poverty is a complex issue with several causes and manifestations. Although generally focuses on deprivation or satisfaction of basic needs (Food, utilities, sanitation, education, capital, etc.) people who experience poverty are also involved in other problems such as impotence to influence decisions affecting their own destiny or vulnerability to different economic, social, culture and environment. We could notice that poverty has been reflected from historical times and due to historical reasons, for example, colonialism, slavery, war and conquest.

According to this, poverty remains a daily reality of people looking to survive at least with a minimum wage. Unfortunate situations like hunger and malnutrition affect many people whose food is not enough to satisfy their daily energy needs. For example, in young children, lack of food can be dangerous because it retards their physical and mental development and threatens their normal development and survival. We can see many infantile population suffering from malnutrition, measles, diarrhea, pneumonia, etc. and despite it be curable are reasons of death. In the case of adults, the hunger deprives to have the skill and strength to carry out productive work.

But, why people suffer of these minimum basic needs? On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that 'Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself. This means that the United Nations consider certain minimum human rights that today are not guaranteed by the governments. Then, we find another fact: Poverty and conflict between countries are often closely linked. In many countries there are huge relation in access to power and control of resources.

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