Category: Poverty

Child labour ‘robs children of their future’, scourge must end urges UN

IRIN/M. Deghati A woman watches children working at a stone quarry, Zambia. (file)     Although child labour has decreased significantly over the last decade, one-in-ten children are still caught up in harmful work, the UN’s labour agency said on Friday, kicking off a year-long bid to eradicate the practice.   “There is no place for child labour in society”, said Guy […]

Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty

FAOThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and China’s Tsinghua University built an innovative lab to experiment on new methods to reduce poverty.    More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of […]

‘Spectre of poverty’ hangs over tribes and indigenous groups: UN labour agency

ILO/R. Lord Women walk in the street in La Paz, Bolivia. Indigenous and tribal communities are around three times more likely to face extreme poverty than others with women “consistently at the bottom of all social and economic indicators”, UN labour experts said on Monday. Highlighting new data showing that disproportionate numbers of indigenous people live on […]

Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

ILO/Marcel Crozet A construction worker builds a cylindrical metal structure in Yangon, Myanmar. Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by […]

Haitian Foreign Minister calls for development reboot to close ‘striking gap’ between promises and action on ending poverty

  The future of humanity hinges on full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, if we don’t get there, “we may never see the world that ‘we the peoples of the United Nations’ have long been calling for,” Bocchit Edmond, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti, told the General Assembly, the Organization’s top deliberative body. “It is […]