poverty

One in six children living in extreme poverty, with figure set to rise during pandemic

An estimated one in six children – or 356 million globally – were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) analysis released on Tuesday. 

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.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Fragile hope for Yemen, TB and Afghanistan updates, Paris's fresco for sustainable development

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.

‘Most affected by climate change, the least responsible for it’, says UN Environment Assembly President

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.

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