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Poverty and hunger

In a stark reminder of gaping global inequality, a new report by Oxfam reveals that 162 billionaires, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. By Laura Paddison, HuffPost US. There are 2,153 billionaires globally, and, in 2019, they held more...
Southern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned. Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said...
A billboards project from World Beyond War highlights how little of current U.S. military spending could permanently end hunger and extreme poverty globally. In 2008, the United Nations said that $30 billion per year could end hunger on earth, as reported in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other...
Únase a STWR, Compartir los Recursos del Mundo, en manifestaciones para el Artículo 25 de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos. (1) Toda persona tiene derecho a un nivel de vida adecuado para la salud y el bienestar de sí mismo y de su familia, incluidos alimentos, ropa, vivienda, atención médica, los...
The UN's 2019 report on human development is timely in view of the widespread social unrest in many countries that derives, to a large extent, from the inequalities this report analyses. By Yossi Mekelberg. The UN is often accused of being detached from reality and irrelevant to most people’s lives — especially those...
With all eyes on them, Lebanese protesters now have the opportunity to outline an ambitious programme for reform that tackles inequality for current and future generations, writes Mona Fawaz. Lebanon is more than two months into the wave of protests rocking the country. Chief among the grievances driving people onto...
The UN’s relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, believes next year could be worse than a “terrible” 2019, when conflict, the climate emergency and economic desperation left 165 million people in need of aid. Extreme storms, drought and other disasters driven by the climate crisis hit the world’s poorest “first and worst...
To truly celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving means opening our hearts to the world’s problems of hunger, poverty, injustice and environmental crisis. If we understand the dire predicament of the societies in which we live, then it must be evident that we, too, are part of the problem, writes Rok Kralj.  Every year...
Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report.  The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living...
The following publication by Rok Kralj gives an advanced proposal for sharing the world’s resources to alleviate the major crises threatening our civilisation. First written in Slovenian and now translated into English, it attempts to envision a new international mechanism for ensuring that everyone on Earth has their...
Financing social protection systems that are both adequate and sustainable is not a fantasy. There are a number of measures that governments can take to raise the resources needed, writes Evelyn Astor for Equal Times. During the week of 25 November, senior government officials, social partners, civil society...
Do we really understand what ‘sharing’ means in its totality? For humanity has done everything but actually put into practice a just and equitable redistribution of the food and resources of the world, so that no-one need go without. By Marc Gregory.  Sharing. An elementary vocabulary word which most people...
Less than 10% of EU aid money reaches the countries where it is most needed, according to a study that found levels of assistance had dropped for the second year running. The EU and its member states remain the biggest development donor group in the world – investing €71.9bn (£61bn) in 2018, more than half of global...
In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das Ausmaß...
Research makes explicit the link between ending extreme poverty and inequality: even a relatively small amount of re-allocation of the world’s resources could end the injustice of extreme poverty in a world of plenty, writes Danny Sriskandarajah. To those of us working in international development, the principle...