Olivier De Schutter, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Combating Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, warned that the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic pushed 250 million people around the world to the hunger threshold and the plan to end poverty by 2030 has also fallen into difficulty.
Pointing out that economic growth will not be enough alone to effectively deal with poverty, Schutter expressed his view that wealth should be redistributed in the fight against poverty.
“The richest benefited greatly from the advantages”
Schutter warned that the Covid-19 epidemic pushed more than 250 million people to the brink of hunger, the epidemic would push 176 million to more extreme poverty, also causing “long-term neglect” for low income people including women, migrant workers and refugees.
Stating that the international community is “broken” in the fight against poverty, Schutter said, “The global economy has doubled since the end of the Cold War, but half of the world still lives with less than 5.50 dollars per day.”
Schutter noted that the Covid-19 outbreak also hit the UN plan to end poverty by 2030.