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Poverty and hunger

« Après des décennies d’inaction politique, seule la bonne volonté planétaire des gens ordinaires a une chance de venir à bout de la pauvreté dans un monde d’abondance au travers de manifestations massives et incessantes dans tous les pays. Empruntons donc la voie de moindre résistance en exigeant tous ensemble la...
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many existing inequalities, and may worsen divergence among countries. While the poor have struggled to survive, the world’s billionaires have done “extremely well”, report Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury. The United Nations’ renamed World Social Report 2020 (WSR 2020)...
The UN has earmarked $100m (£75m) in emergency funding for seven countries deemed at risk of famine, warning that without immediate action the world could see “huge numbers of children dying on TV screens”. The climate crisis, Covid-19, conflict and economic decline have created an “acute and grave crisis” in...
The Transnational Institute sets out ten proposals to mobilise resources to cover the cost of the global COVID-19 pandemic and to pay for the transition away from the fossil fuel economy. Caught between crises California has this year seen the largest forest fires on record. The smoke, whipped up by the flames...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have now released a book version of the popular articles by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘Studies on the Principle of Sharing’. The articles were originally published online at sharing.org over the course of 2011 to 2014, during the momentous revolutionary period that followed...
Contents: Editor’s preface The cry for justice Commercialisation: the antithesis of sharing Uniting the people of the world A discourse on beliefs, ideologies and ‘isms’ An enquiry into the meaning of sharing food Rise up America, rise up! Christmas, the system and I Endnotes   Editor’s...
In a forum discussion by The Great Transition Initiative, two panels debate the question: Should a UBI be a central element of strategies for transformation? The following is a contribution from STWR, titled: Toward Global Sharing.  Guy Standing's opener lays out a cogent case for a universal basic income (UBI)....
Over 1,000 health professionals from 66 countries have signed a letter urging the G20 to cancel the debt of developing countries, ahead of an extraordinary G20 Finance Ministers meeting. The letter, organized by Oxfam International, urges the G20 to cancel the debt so that countries can devote funds to...
'Amid a pandemic that has taken over a million lives, we urge the same level of imagination as the drafters of the Universal Declaration over seventy years ago.' By Gabriela Bucher and Olivier De Schutter. And so our world, scarred by human tragedy, came together. Leaders across the world agreed “to reaffirm faith...
Global markets have failed to provide people with basic needs like housing and water, say present and former UN special rapporteurs. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the catastrophic fallout of decades of global privatisation and market competition. When the pandemic hit, we saw hospitals being overwhelmed,...
A new book lays out a progressive agenda for the post-COVID era, which relies on a global Green New Deal, a serious shift of resources from the military to human needs, a major upgrade in international cooperation, and a significant commitment to economic equity. By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. If the...
As the World Bank and IMF sound the alarm on debts driven sky high by Covid-19 in some of the world’s poorest nations, debt ‘relief’ will not cut it – we need a thoroughgoing transformation of the global economy. By Nick Dearden for the New Internationalist. ‘[P]eople, even the world’s poorest and most destitute,...
The phenomenal rise in extreme poverty -– for the first time in 20 years — has been accompanied by an upsurge in the incomes of the world’s billionaires and the super-rich, writes Thalif Deen for Inter Press Service. The paradox of poverty amidst plenty is being blamed largely on the coronavirus pandemic which has...
The Nobel prize for the United Nations World Food Programme turns an important spotlight on the millions who go hungry around the world and on the devastating consequences of conflict. The World Food Program was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat a surge in global hunger amid the...
Global poverty is expected to rise for the first time in more than 20 years this year as the pandemic compounds the impacts of conflicts and climate change, the World Bank warned has warned in a new report. The financial institution projects that COVID-19 could push an additional 88 million to 115 million into...