Thursday 13 December 2018 \

 

Half of the world's poor are children, says UN

Half of the world’s poor are children and 20 per cent of people in Arab states are living in poverty, a new study released by the UN today shows.
 
The Arab countries' poorest state was again Yemen, but statistics from 2013 do not show the intensity of the situation today.
 
“Yemen and Syria are increasingly likely to be in much worse situations than we find today, but without access to national data we cannot show that,” Sabina Alkire, director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, who worked with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to publish the report, told The National.
 
The organisation, along with the UNDP, are now working with the Arab League to better understand the situation and gather statistics.
 
The new figures show that in the 104 countries classified as low and middle-income countries, 661 million children are considered multi-dimensionally poor, a new measurement used by the UN to assess poverty levels.
 
The system takes three comprehensive measurements, including health, education and living standards.
 
“Hundred of millions have escaped poverty and that’s not through luck but programs designed that have enabled them to do so,” said Achim Steiner UNDP administrator.
 
Mr Steiner said that data and reports, such as the one released today, are integral in solving issues around the world but that not all factors could be taken into account.
 
Primarily, the report fails to consider refugee camps or account for displaced people - a task UNDP is planning on tackling in future reports.
 
“Sixty-five million have been forced to flee their homes and the number is going up. These people are becoming statistically invisible, by not being captured by nation data or being outside their countries. We need to address that,” he said.
 
He added that those who have fled their homes are the most in need of monitoring as they are likely to be desperate for aid and living in considerably worse living conditions in exile.
 

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