The global aviation sector has a role to play in 15 of the 17 SDGs, some in small ways and others with much more significant influence. UNICEF’s airline partnership Change for Good has raised $150 million by collecting coins from passengers, saving and improving the lives of millions of children, and reducing poverty around the world.
No Poverty Relevance to Aviation
Although air transport has a limited role in helping those living under extreme poverty, improved connectivity helps build economic development, which lifts living standards. Aviation creates jobs in the industry directly, as well as in other sectors indirectly, providing jobs for 65.5 million people worldwide. It is also estimated that 57% of international tourists travel to their destination by air, supporting employment in the tourism industry. Remittances (money sent home to developing countries by citizens working overseas) account for vital foreign income in many states. The World Bank estimates around $429 billion was sent in remittances in 2016. The links home are made possible through rapid air transport.
Actions Taken So Far
Turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR prides itself on its aircraft’s versatility to reach remote communities, opening up routes that are not suitable for larger jet engines but vital for the people who need air services. The Virgin Atlantic Foundation invests in communities in Africa, India, and China through the WE villages program, where they invest in long-term development to alleviate poverty. Brussels Airlines has set up the b.foundation, which focuses on alleviating poverty in Africa. The Emirates Airline Foundation is a non-profit charity organization that aims to improve children’s quality of life, regardless of geographical, political, or religious boundaries.
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