Last year, 120 million more people fell below the poverty line as Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres stated in his speech dedicated to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
According to him, the increase in poverty is associated primarily with the pandemic. The fight against Covid-19 has had the most negative impact on the economies of many countries around the world.
“A lopsided recovery is further deepening inequalities between the Global North and South. Solidarity is missing in action – just when we need it most”, Guterres said.
António Guterres underlined that the fight against poverty should start with an equitable distribution of vaccines among all countries. In his opinion, this will give poor countries a chance for investment and early economic recovery.
The UN Secretary-General suggested investing more in retraining workers to provide staff for the growing sector of the "green economy".
“And we must invest in quality jobs in the care economy, which will promote greater equality and ensure everyone receives the dignified care they deserve”, he said.
The UN Secretary-General also drew attention to the situation of vulnerable groups of the population, including women, who suffered more than men as a result of the pandemic.
Earlier, World Health Organization stated that humanity has covered almost 60% of the way in the fight against coronavirus, but new strains of Covid-19 could significantly delay the end of the pandemic.