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Global Poverty: UN Chief Says The World Is Moving Backwards

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed concern over global poverty in a message to mark October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“We face a harsh truth: the world is moving backwards,” Guterres declared.

In this regard, he observed that COVID-19 had plunged millions into poverty, setting back more than four years of hard-won progress.

According to the UN Chief, inequalities are widening.

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He also asserted that job losses, skyrocketing food and energy prices, and the gathering shadows of a global recession are battering national and household economies.

At the same time, Guterres observed that the climate crisis and raging conflicts are causing immense suffering, with the poorest people bearing the brunt.

“Developing countries are being squeezed dry, denied access to resources and debt relief to invest in recovery and growth. The Sustainable Development Goals are being pushed far out of reach,” he lamented.

The UN official stated that the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a wake-up call to the world.

“This year’s theme — “Dignity for all in practice” — must be a rallying cry for urgent global action,” he noted.

“Action to invest in people-centred solutions — from health and decent work, to gender equality, social protection, and transformed food and education systems. Action to transform a morally bankrupt global financial system and ensure access to
financing and debt relief for all countries,” he explained.

In addition, Guterres urged action to support developing countries as they transition from planet-killing fossil fuels to renewable energy and job-creating green economies and action to end conflicts, heal geopolitical divisions and pursue peace.

He also called for action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

“On this important day, let us renew our commitment to a better world for all. Let us consign poverty to the pages of history,” Guterres advised.

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  1. and what is that number compared to with the money that was spent to purchase and make sure covid vacines were sent in every corner of the world but this cant be dont for food to feed the hungry and poor

  2. KJV Daniel 12:1
    1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

  3. The administration of the department of nursing at SALCC is fueling the backward movement into poverty. That administration the catalyst for students( young women) dropping out of the nursing program. That administration single handedly removes students from courses, institute s a personal vaccine mandate, creates personal passing grades and forces students out of the nursing program. Also, faculty member have been adversely affected. Many have left the department over the last two years.

  4. SLU has been 50 years behind already.
    Only NOW – this present administration is finally taking agriculture seriously.


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