Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UN urges accelerated efforts in the global fight to eradicate poverty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned yesterday that progress so far in the fight against poverty risked being reversed by a failure to put people at the centre of development policies and strategies aimed at economic recovery following the global financial crisis.

"In the name of fiscal austerity, we cannot cut back on common-sense investments in people," Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, noting that too many people have been seized by the fear of losing their jobs, their ability to feed their families and access to health care.

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