UNO warns of massive poverty caused by pandemic

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According to the United Nations, the long-term consequences of the pandemic could bring the number of people living in extreme poverty to more than one billion by 2030. However, this development could still be averted, according to a study published today by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The paper outlines three possible future scenarios: In the worst case, more than 200 million additional people would suffer from extreme poverty by 2030 – and thus more than one billion worldwide. In the “basic scenario”, the figure would be 44 million people.

But there is also a positive scenario according to which an additional 146 million people could be helped out of extreme poverty by 2030 over and above the current plans. This would require investment in social programs, digitization and the fight against climate change, the report said. The pandemic is a “turning point”, said UNDP head Achim Steiner. “The decisions that those responsible are now making could take the world in very different directions.

UN General Assembly discusses coronavirus crisis
At a two-day special session, the UN General Assembly will discuss the worldwide coronavirus crisis starting today. At the summit, representatives of the UN member states will exchange their experiences in combating the pandemic and discuss global measures to combat the crisis.

“The Covid 19 pandemic is not only the biggest global health crisis since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago,” said an announcement of the special session. It is also a humanitarian, socio-economic, security and human rights crisis.

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the UN General Assembly has passed several resolutions, which, among other things, aimed to ensure global access to medicines and vaccines against the corona virus.

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