The Parlous State of Poverty Eradication - Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Human Rights

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Jul 20, 2020 | Human Rights Council, Philip Alston

In this report, presented to the UN’s Human Rights Council, Philip Alston repudiates the perception that the world is well on the way to eradicating global poverty. He argues that the international community’s principal policy response to poverty, through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is inadequately framed, failing, and in need of revitalization. Addressing poverty remains a political choice until eliminating it is defined as a matter of social justice. Only when the goal of realising the human right to an adequate standard of living replaces the World Bank’s current subsistence line, will the international community be properly focused on eliminating extreme poverty. In the meanwhile, COVID-19 is likely to push more than 70 million more people into extreme poverty and hundreds of millions more into unemployment and poverty.


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