Following the ceremony at Lord’s Ridge, the PUP unveiled its Social Justice Agenda. PUP leader Francis Fonseca listed a number of principles addressed in the agenda. Chief among them is reducing poverty.
“This January 15th, 2014th, we the People’s United Party hereby declare our support and commitment to the following social justice principles and objectives:
1. The erradication of poverty;
“In 2009, according to the World Bank, persons living in poverty in Belize, stood at 41.3% of poverty with 15.8 of those being indigents. In 2013, after more than five years of UDP administration, estimates show that poverty has grown to some 48.9%, and indigents now account for some 19% of that number”.
The agenda addresses education, health, the law, care of the elderly and other vulnerable groups and reforming the systems of government.