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Poverty and hunger

Feeding the world's hungry and helping children in need were enormous tasks even before the pandemic. While the coronavirus has made those groups of people even more vulnerable, impoverished nations are often left at the mercy of wealthy countries for support.  David Beasley, executive director of the World Food...
The world faces a "catastrophic moral failure" because of unequal Covid vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states...
Accelerating biodiversity loss, climate change and over-consumption are swiftly pushing human societies toward a “ghastly future” of growing hunger, political division and societal breakdown, say leading scientists. Despite years of warnings, the threats are underestimated and not broadly understood, and efforts to...
Billionaires whose wealth has soared during the coronavirus pandemic should stump up to provide emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation, the head of a US charity supporting the World Food Programme has said. The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have contributed to a sharp rise in the...
The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures to contain it have hit millions of people hard, with poverty set to increase sharply in almost every country for the first time in decades unless action is taken now, according to a new report by Oxfam. Hundreds of millions of people have lost their jobs and income, and...
Lost among the jubilation of vaccine rollouts in rich countries is an uncomfortable reality: The world's poorest countries will have to wait months and possibly years to see any doses at all. The U.S., Canada, Britain and the European Union have pre-ordered enough Covid-19 shots to inoculate their populations several...
Noël est le passé en train de mourir, mais Jésus  ne cesse de renaître chaque fois que vous faites  un acte de compassion au service d’autrui. Quand vous pleurez devant quelqu’un qui meurt  de faim, à ce moment même le Christ  se révèle en tant que père de votre cœur. * * * Quand nous sommes mécontents de nos...
Campaigners are calling for a right to food and a right to housing to be given legal backing in the UK for the first time, writes Liam Geraghty for the Big Issue. Human Rights Day offers a chance to ponder how many people really have access to the basic rights and freedoms that should belong to everyone. The...
A joint report by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid asks a radical question: what would it look like if we had an econmomy based on human rights? Choosing between people or the economy has become a persistent theme in political debates as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic...
Land inequality is directly threatening 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people, according to a recent report. New calculations have discovered that disparities in rights and access to land are more than 40 per cent higher than previously thought. Just one per cent of the world’s largest farms currently operate...
The U.N. humanitarian office says needs for assistance have ballooned to unprecedented levels this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people will require help in 2021. This comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global challenges including conflicts, forced migration...
« 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...