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UN chief urges int'l community to stand by poor

  • Published at 11:41 am October 18th, 2020
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'The Covid-19 pandemic is a double crisis for the world's poorest people,' said the UN chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to stand in solidarity with all the people living in poverty as the Covid-19 pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year.

The UN chief issued the appeal in a video message on Saturday to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed annually on October 17.

"The Covid-19 pandemic is a double crisis for the world's poorest people," said the UN chief. 

“First, they’ve the highest risk of exposure to the virus, and least access to quality healthcare,” said Guterres. 

“Second, recent estimates show the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year – the first increase in decades. Women are at the greatest risk because they’re more likely to lose their jobs, and less likely to have social protection.” 

Extraordinary efforts needed

The UN chief underscored the need for extraordinary efforts to fight poverty at this time. 

As the pandemic demands strong collective action, he called for governments to accelerate economic transformation by investing in sustainable recovery. 

Additionally, countries need “a new generation of social protection programmes”, that also cover people who work in the informal economy. 

“Joining together in common cause is the only way we’ll emerge safely from this pandemic,” said the secretary-general. 

“On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let’s stand in solidarity with people living in poverty, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond,” he added. 

International Day for Eradication of Poverty

The International Day was established by a UN General Assembly resolution adopted in December 1992. 

The theme this year is – “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all.” 

For the UN, this focus recognizes “the multi-dimensionality of poverty”, meaning that social justice cannot be fully realized without also working to address environmental injustices, including those due to climate change.

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