Extreme poverty threatens millions of children, UN agencies warn
United Nations, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) Before the Covid-19 pandemic began, one in six children were living in poverty and this is set to worsen significantly, UN agencies warned.
According to a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank analysis, some 356 million children globally were living in extreme poverty before the novel coronavirus emerged.
The ongoing Covid-19 crisis will continue to disproportionately impact children, women and girls, and threatens to reverse hard-won gains towards gender equality, the report says.
Therefore, social protection is needed to improve coping mechanisms for the poor and vulnerable, in both the immediate Covid-19 response and the long-term recovery.
UNICEF and World Bank warn that any progress made in recent years has been slow-paced, unequally distributed. Right now, the pandemic threatens progress.
According to UN figures, children make up around a third of the global population, and around half of the extreme poor are children.
This Wednesday, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Olivier De Schutter will offer a virtual press briefing to discuss this and other issues.
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