A recap of Thursday’s stories: Hope rises as violence abates in Yemen; TB infections slowdown but not fast enough; civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record level; thousands paint picture of sustainable development in Paris; labour research finds strategies to tackle poverty.
Transformative change is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – mobilizing civil society and individuals - but also through securing “national and a global leadership”. That’s according to the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Mr. Ola Elvestuen, who is also Norway’s Minister of Environment. In an interview with UN News’s Ben Malor, Mr. Elvestuen underscored the need to have environment challenges addressed urgently.
“Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
Food insecurity has become a major issue in Gaza and the West Bank, not because food is hard to find, but because hard-pressed families cannot afford to buy it, according to Stephen Kearney, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and WFP Country Director in Palestine. Mr. Kearney spoke with UN News’s Arabic chief, Reem Abaza.
Tackling poverty needs to begin on a local level, but the international community needs to do more to eradicate this growing scourge, rights defenders said, on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, last Wednesday. UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke to three actvists: Jean-Claude Etienne , from Le Collectif 17 Octobre, and Halima Zaghar and Bertrand Foucher, from Emerjean, who we’ll hear from first.
The private sector “should not take the lead in poverty alleviation” but it should remain a key obligation of governments to improve the life of the poorest people across the world according to Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Mr. Alston believes countries like the United States are increasingly allowing profit-driven private companies, to run services for the estimated 40 million people who live in poverty in the US. Daniel Dickinson sat down with Philip Alston to discuss his role as an independent observer of poverty.