SDG1 - No Poverty


‘No Poverty’, seeks to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and ensure that all people have equal rights to access basic services and social protection services (United Nations, 2019). When economic growth is coupled with growth in sustainable and inclusive livelihoods, strides can be made to build resilience for vulnerable people and communities. This can be most effectively done through proactive and impactful policies at the institutional, regional, national, and international levels (United Nations, 2019).

Western Research Supporting This Goal

Abe Oudshoorn, Faculty of Health Sciences

  • A head shot of Abe Oudshoorn"Poverty is both simple and complex”, says Health Science professor, Abe Oudshoorn. “It is simple because it is having the income to meet basic needs, however, the challenging side of it is trying to meet those basic needs."

    SDG 1 aims to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day. It seeks to reduce the proportion of men, women, and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions.


Western Initiatives Supporting This Goal

Community Legal Services (CLS)

  • Located in the Western Law building, CLS provides free legal advice and representation for those in financial need to Western students, Fanshawe College students, and community members. CLS can offer help for issues such as criminal law, family law, immigration, and housing. Functioning as a teaching clinic, law students can apply to work at CLS throughout the school year and in the summer, and can gain experience working on cases. In addition, CLS also hosts an ‘Access to Justice’ symposium, bringing together legal professionals to discuss issues and present solutions for equality, diversity, and inclusion (Western Law, 2019).

Food Support Services

  • Food hampers being prepared by food servicesFood Support Services at Western University is dedicated to reducing food insecurity amongst Western students and providing education and awareness of issues such as food insecurity, hunger, and poverty in both local and global settings. One initiative they have undertaken is the food hamper service, in which a Western student can fill out a request form and receive a grocery bag with enough food for one or two days. This bag can then be picked up in person at their office or placed in a locker for confidential pick-up. Food Support Services also run a food bank in their office, in which students can pick up food during operating hours (Western University Student Council, 2019).

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Emergency Loan Program

  • Society of graduate students are headquartered in Middlesex CollegeThe Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) can provide graduate student applicants with an emergency loan of up to $1000 for financial emergencies. The loans are interest-free, and must be repaid between 30 days and 3 months (Society of Graduate Students, 2019).