Share your vision of urban poverty challenges being confronted creatively
Poverty is a multifaceted reality. It is not only defined by a lack of adequate income; it is a cruel mix of human deprivation in knowledge, health, dignity and rights, obstacles to participation and lack of voice.
Despite progress achieved since the endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals by world leaders at a UN summit in September 2000, human poverty still remains widespread in many parts of the world and the gaps between the rich and the poor are expanding. As well, for the first time in human history more than half the world’s people live in cities. More than 90% of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to cities each year. During the next two decades, the urban population of the world’s two poorest regions - South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa - is expected to double.
The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty is a network of more than 900 cities working together to confront development challenges collectively. The Alliance supports its member-cities to mobilize individuals, governments, and all sectors of society to confront the many challenges of urban poverty and to share successes with other cities.
The Quai Wilson – a busy promenade on Geneva’s lakefront, at the heart of the international sector district – will be the site of a public photographic exhibition in August 2014, showcasing inspiring examples of poverty reduction in the urban environment, with an emphasis on those examples that are shared and applied in other cities.
WACAP is inviting members and non-members alike to submit photographs depicting efforts to confront poverty in all its forms. The images will be presented on 100 panels that will be installed along the Geneva lakefront in front of the Palais Wilson, headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the historic headquarters of the League of Nations.