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Increasing poverty is “the moral responsibility of our time” – Swisslad

A homeless family with some community support structures in Yangon, Myanmar. (ILO Photo / Marcel Crochet)

According to the head of the UN, it is necessary to put an end to this rage, deal with excessive debt and guarantee investment in recovery in the most needy countries. One of the main problems, when unity is most necessary, is obvious in its absence.

In a statement issued on Friday, the eve of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, the UN Secretary General confirmed that extreme poverty was on the rise for the first time in two decades.

Antonio Guterres, who describes the current state of poverty as a “moral charge of our time”, said the Govt-19 epidemic has wreaked havoc on economies and communities around the world, with about 120 people living in poverty last year. Millions more.

The recovery asymmetry is further deepening the imbalances between the North and the South. Unity is obvious when we need it, because it does not exist, “he added.

Fight two wars

The struggle against poverty must also be a war against inequality.

The UN chief said inequality in vaccines allowed the COVID to change its variants and “spread uncontrollably”, condemning the world for millions more deaths and prolonging the trillions of dollars in economic recession.

“We need to end this outrage, tackle more debt and ensure investment in recovery in the most needy countries,” Guterres explained.

Build better for the future

The UN Secretary General outlined a three-pronged global recovery approach to building a better world after the outbreak. That approach begins with “a strong political will and strong partnership to establish global social security by 2030, and investment in job reuse for a thriving green economy.”

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“We need to invest in quality jobs in the defense economy, which will promote greater equality and ensure that all people receive the decent care they deserve,” he added.

Equality of women

In addition, recovery must be inclusive, because random recovery leaves much of humanity, increasing the vulnerability of already marginalized groups, and further moving the possibility of achieving sustainable development goals.

“The number of women living in extreme poverty is higher than men. Before the epidemic, the 22 richest men in the world amassed more wealth than all women in Africa. That difference has increased. We cannot recover using only half of our capacity,” she promised.

Therefore, economic investments should be geared towards female entrepreneurs, with greater regularization of the informal sector and focus on education, social security, global care for children, health and decent work, and the regulation of the digital sector. The deeper gender dimension.

Increase growth

The third angle of recovery is to create a flexible, decarbonized world without greenhouse gas emissions: “Recovery must be sustainable,” he said.

He urged all those living in poverty to “ask for more”, address insults and join all communities to “break down barriers”.

“On this day and every day, we will work together to end poverty and create a world of justice, dignity and opportunity for all people,” he concluded.

Switzerland / ONU Notices (18.10.2021)