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Poverty and hunger

In response to high demand, STWR have published an updated book version of our perspective on a universal basic income (UBI). The new book release is timely considering the sudden upsurge of interest in UBI policies, with many governments across the world making direct cash payments to citizens during the...
While the world's richest have seen a dip in their stock holdings, those on the bottom of the wealth scale will bear the heaviest burden of the crisis, writes Max Lawson for Inequality.org At first glance, the coronavirus seems to be a great leveler, with everyone — rich and poor — seeming to be equally at risk. ...
Social protection is a universal human right, and governments have the tools at their disposal to end hunger and poverty sustainably. Yet the majority of humanity remain unprotected, explain Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury for the Inter Press Service. Historically, most social security systems have developed...
A new study has found that as much as a sixth of foreign aid intended for the world's poorest countries has flowed into bank accounts in tax havens owned by elites. The report from the World Bank, opens with the simple question: "Do elites capture foreign aid?".  The overriding conclusion of the 46-page report says...
In testimony to a House committee this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that the current U.S. administration does not want to recognise the level of poverty in America "because if we did, it would be a national scandal." A report by Julia Conley for Common Dreams.  Calling on her fellow lawmakers to pass...
A sophisticated Italian food system is placing a heavy burden on Italy’s workers and farmers, an independent UN human rights expert has concluded, following an 11-day visit to the country that many regard as the world’s food capital. Despite an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.84 trillion, world-renowned...
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations issued '30 articles on the 30 articles' that summarise this historic document. Below we republish the introduction and backgrounders about all the economic, social and cultural rights (including Article 25 on the right to an...
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...