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.
The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” those who need assistance, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert, in a statement on Tuesday.