poverty

EU must place social justice ‘at its core’ to lift people out of poverty

The European Union’s failure to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020, is “a defeat for social rights”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, urging the bloc to boldly rethink its whole socio-economic approach.

News in Brief 3 December 2020

  • Inclusion for people with disabilities means education, health care access 
  • Mooted Bangladesh island relocation of Rohingya refugees, must respect rights: UN 
  • COVID crisis set to drag 32 million of world’s poorest back into extreme poverty: UNCTAD 
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WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal, pushing back on ‘misguided nationalism’ 

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Member States on Monday that efforts to tackle climate change and poverty had been set back by a lack of global unity since major agreements were struck five years ago, and welcomed the chance to work with the presumptive new US administration of president-elect Joe Biden.

Amid Afghanistan’s ‘vast’ COVID-19 crisis, people want security, jobs: UN 

Although Afghanistan’s COVID-19 crisis is “vast”, what people really want are jobs and security, according to a senior UN relief official. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the UN Development Programme’s representative there, Abdallah Dardari, explains how the agency is already helping the Government to confront the pandemic, and supporting the rising number of families falling into poverty. 

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News in Brief 26 August 2020

  • Rohingya suffering must be acted on urgently, says UN’s Guterres
  • Polio eradication a cause for global celebration, UN health agency
  • Afghanistan’s warring parties should do whatever it takes to avoid COVID-induced poverty
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Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty

More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of global poverty eradication between 1990 and 2015.

Impacts of COVID-19 disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable: UN chief

Addressing poverty eradication on Tuesday in front of the General Assembly, UN chief António Guterres warned that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are falling “disproportionately on the most vulnerable: people living in poverty, the working poor, women and children, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups”.

News in Brief 23 June 2020

  • Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO
  • 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF
  • UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel
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News in Brief 17 June 2020

  • I am my brother’s keeper, George Floyd’s brother tells UN rights body
  • Only one in 10 countries have effective measures against child poverty
  • US Supreme Court ruling on sexual orientation and gender identity ‘extremely positive’ – UN expert
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‘Spectre of poverty’ hangs over tribes and indigenous groups: UN labour agency

Indigenous and tribal communities are around three times more likely to face extreme poverty than others with women “consistently at the bottom of all social and economic indicators”, UN labour experts said on Monday.