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Poverty and hunger

11 people are likely dying every minute from hunger, now outpacing COVID-19 fatalities, warns Oxfam. A new Oxfam report says that as many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This is more than the current global death rate of COVID-19, which is around seven...
Billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2030 unless the rate of progress quadruples, according to a new report from WHO and UNICEF. The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report – Progress on household drinking water,...
Famine is already present in four countries but millions more people are at risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) have warned, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need.  Recent analysis by the UN agency reveals 41 million people in 43 countries “are teetering on the very...
G7 leaders have rejected pleas to find billions of pounds to end Covid jab shortages in poor countries, despite Boris Johnson making a plan to “vaccinate the world” his aim for the Cornwall summit. Aid groups said the richest nations had failed what one called “a moment of truth” by not even discussing a financing...
If aid is to meaningfully tackle poverty, it can’t just be about charity. Instead, it should be about redistributing the world’s resources and dismantling the power structures that maintain global inequality, writes Aisha Dodwell. Attempts by Tory rebels to push through a vote on the aid budget were thwarted by the...
At least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance have revealed ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit. Key members of the G20, who...
The harms to human dignity caused by over-indebtedness—whether individual or public—are a consequence of unjust policies which violate human rights. Protecting rights must be a core principle of debt justice. By Allison Corkery, Ignacio Saiz, and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky for the Progressive International’s Debt Justice...
Over 90 million people across the European Union live at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Yet the Union's current action plan doesn't come near to the pledge of ‘no poverty’ made at the United Nations, writes Olivier De Schutter. “The devastating impact of COVID-19 serves as a stark reminder that the European...
The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, according to the findings of an annual report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC). Conflict, economic shocks – including due to...
Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems.  If nations held a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons that...
UK campaigning organisations are urging the government to rethink its military spending decisions in the light of the pandemic and the climate emergency. Figures released today by the world-renowned Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that global military spending in 2020 increased by 2.6%...
Aid organisations call on governments to give a single day’s military spending to fight hunger. Only 26 hours of global military spending is enough to cover the $5.5 billion needed to help most at risk. A year on since the UN warned of “famines of biblical proportions”, rich donors have funded just 5% of the UN...
The “inequality pandemic” calls for a new social contract, but it will not happen unless millions around the world mobilise to make it a reality, write Imani Countess and William Minter for The US–Africa Bridge Building Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and deepened structural inequalities around the...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have released a revised second edition of the book by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled 'Heralding Article 25: A people's strategy for world transformation'. Mesbahi argues that meeting the basic needs outlined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights—concerning...
Poor countries are paying more for the doses that remain after rich countries have had their fill. It is perhaps the worst display of national selfishness in modern history, writes Nanjala Nyabola for the Nation. In March 2021, Kenya announced its plan to vaccinate its 48 million residents against Covid-19. The...