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Poverty and hunger

What if more of the arms and defense sector moved into manufacturing health and other products permanently? Surely this is the time for a focus on what peace and security really mean for us all, writes Martin Butcher for Oxfam International. All over the world we have radically changed our ways of life as the...
The global pandemic could push half a billion people into deeper poverty on some counts and lead to a new COVID-19 apartheid era, warn Andy Sumner, Christopher Hoy and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez in The Conversation. As COVID-19 slows in developed countries, the virus’s spread is speeding up in the developing world. Three-...
The government’s decision to scrap the Department for International Development will set back efforts to fix global inequalities by decades, writes Martin Drewry for the New Internationalist. As colonial statues fall and demands for teaching an uncensored history of the British Empire grow, the UK faces a reckoning...
"These numbers should serve as a wake-up call to the international community on the human cost of war, and the social and economic implications exacerbated by Covid-19." By Jessica Corbett for Common Dreams. A United Nations report revealed Thursday that an unprecedented 79.5 million people worldwide were forcibly...
Nur durch eine friedliche Massenbewegung auf globaler Ebene, die in erster Linie die Bedürfnisse der Ärmsten berücksichtigt, können wir endlich den Weg in eine gleichberechtigte, nachhaltigere und integrativere Zukunft beschreiten, schreibt Sonja Scherndl. Mit dem stetigen Wachstum unserer menschlichen Familie, ist...
The world stands on the brink of a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years, the UN has warned as it urged governments to act swiftly to avoid disaster. Better social protections for poor people are urgently needed as the looming recession following the coronavirus pandemic may put basic nutrition beyond...
With Europe facing the greatest social challenge in its history since the second world war, ministers from Spain, Italy and Portugal are calling for a common EU approach to a minimum income. It’s been proposed, probed and pushed to the margins of the European Union for more than two decades. Now, as Europe reels...
Only through a peaceful mass movement on a global scale, putting the needs of the poorest first and foremost, will we finally set foot on the road to a more equal, sustainable and inclusive future, writes Sonja Scherndl. As our human family is steadily growing, overpopulation is a great concern. Globally, we are...
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development. Painting a picture of 60 million pushed into extreme poverty; famine...
An overhaul of the world’s food and health systems is needed to tackle malnutrition, a “threat multiplier” that is now the leading cause of ill health and deaths globally, according to new analysis. The Global Nutrition Report 2020 found that most people across the world cannot access or afford healthy food, due to...
Far from being the 'great leveller', COVID-19 has exposed and deepened socio-economic inequalities, writes Meera Karunananthan for openDemocracy. "Those who led us into debt were gambling, as if they were in a casino... there is talk of a crisis. No. They gambled. They lost... We cannot repay the debt because we...
Die eskalierende globale Krise erfordert eine beispiellose Umverteilung von Wohlstand und Ressourcen, weshalb Aktivisten die radikale Vision der Vereinten Nationen zur Erreichung von Artikel 25 wiederbeleben sollten. Die Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte ist eines der am meisten übersetzten und berühmtesten...
The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts say. In the largest slum in Kenya’s capital, people desperate to eat set off a stampede during a recent giveaway of flour and cooking oil, leaving scores injured and two people dead. In India, thousands of workers are lining up twice a day...
We need global action now. Only a mighty response by rich, powerful countries will stop the pandemic and prevent a global economic collapse, writes Chema Vera. “The virus will starve us before it makes us sick.” That text message, which a colleague of mine in Nairobi received from Micah, a taxi-driver friend,...
The coronavirus crisis will push more than a quarter of a billion people to the brink of starvation unless swift action is taken to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions, the UN and other experts have warned. About 265 million people around the world are forecast to be facing acute food...