UN / POVERTY ERADICATION

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Secretary-General António Guterres said, “uneven, unfair recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic “is eroding trust between the developed and developing world,” and stressed that many developing countries “urgently need a helping hand.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, flags outside UN Headquarters

28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This uneven, unfair recovery is eroding trust between the developed and developing world – trust that is essential to global cooperation in other areas. Today’s meeting is an opportunity to change course and to build a recovery that benefits all. The pandemic is set to increase the number of extremely poor people by up to 224 million around the world. More than three-quarters of these ‘new poor’ are in middle-income countries. Many developing countries face crippling debt service costs while their domestic budgets are stretched and their ability to raises taxes is reduced. These countries urgently need a helping hand.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, UN flag

28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In developed countries, access to vaccines has allowed economies to reopen, while stimulus payments and investments herald projected growth of 5 or 6 percent this year. In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure is just about 2.5 percent. A recent report by UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, forecast that the cumulative cost of delayed vaccination alone will amount to $2.3 trillion US dollars by 2025, with developing countries bearing the brunt. This could lead not only to a lost decade for development, but to a lost generation of poorly educated, unemployed, disaffected young people.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

5. Close up, UN flag

28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO):
“The world is on a path of a great divergence, which if not corrected would mean the exact opposite of leaving no one behind; the contrary of building back better; an abandonment of the commitments of the 2030 Agenda; a world of heightened inequality, poverty, instability, and conflict.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Close up, UN flag

28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group:
“We are confronting a looming era of reversals of the development achievement of the last decades. The World Bank has worked with countries to promote social protection, livelihoods and jobs, and financial inclusion investments. Since the start of the pandemic global social protection programmes have been expanded at an unprecedented scale. More than 200 countries have deployed more than 3 thousand social protections and labour measures. Relative to pre-COVID levels, programmes doubled the amount of cash provided to beneficiaries and coverage more than tripled on average.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (28 Sep) said, “uneven, unfair recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic “is eroding trust between the developed and developing world,” and stressed that many developing countries “urgently need a helping hand.”

The Secretary-General presented his new policy brief on jobs and poverty eradication at the High-Level Meeting on Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication, that gathered, virtually, world leaders, heads of major international organizations, finance institutions, civil society, private sector, and academia.

He said the High-Level meeting was “an opportunity to change course and to build a recovery that benefits all” and noted that the pandemic “is set to increase the number of extremely poor people by up to 224 million around the world.”

 According to the policy brief, extreme poverty increased by between 119 and 224 million people between March and December 2020 - the first such increase in over 21 years.

Guterres said, “In developed countries, access to vaccines has allowed economies to reopen, while stimulus payments and investments herald projected growth of 5 or 6 percent this year. In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure is just about 2.5 percent.”

A recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), he pointed out, “forecast that the cumulative cost of delayed vaccination alone will amount to $2.3 trillion US dollars by 2025, with developing countries bearing the brunt.” This, he said, “could lead not only to a lost decade for development, but to a lost generation of poorly educated, unemployed, disaffected young people.”

The Secretary-General announced the creation of a new Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for a Just Transition, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Speaking at the event, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, warned that the differences between developed and developing countries are growing, “the exact opposite of leaving no one behind; the contrary of building back better; an abandonment of the commitments of the 2030 Agenda,” and could lead to “a world of heightened inequality, poverty, instability, and conflict.”

For his part, the President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass, said, “we are confronting a looming era of reversals of the development achievement of the last decades.”

Malpass said, “the World Bank has worked with countries to promote social protection, livelihoods and jobs, and financial inclusion investments. Since the start of the pandemic global social protection programmes have been expanded at an unprecedented scale. More than 200 countries have deployed more than 3 thousand social protections and labour measures. Relative to pre-COVID levels, programmes doubled the amount of cash provided to beneficiaries and coverage more than tripled on average.”

The Secretary-General’s Policy Brief recommended several measures, including; integrated national and inclusive recovery strategies; expanded investment in social protection, policy measures designed to extend social protection to workers in the informal economy, and to formalize employment in the care economy; policies to help workers upskill and re-skill; sound financial architecture to mobilize investments; and collaboration with the private sector to scale up investments in strategic sectors and strategies aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement.
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