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UN Secretary-General Guterres urges solidarity for people living in poverty

"Women are at greatest risk because they are more likely to lose their jobs, and less likely to have social protection"

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Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. Photo: Reuters

UN Secretary-General has urged the community to stand in solidarity with people living in

"On the Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let's stand in solidarity with people living in poverty, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond," Xinhua news agency quoted the UN chief as saying in his message on Saturday to commemorate the day which falls on October 17 annually.

"The Covid-19 pandemic is a double crisis for the world's poorest people," he said.

"First, they have the highest risk of exposure to the virus, and least access to quality healthcare. Second, recent estimates show the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into this year -- the first increase in decades.

"Women are at greatest risk because they are more likely to lose their jobs, and less likely to have social protection.

"In these extraordinary times, we need extraordinary efforts to fight The pandemic demands strong collective action.

"Governments must accelerate economic transformation by investing in a green, sustainable recovery.

"We need a new generation of social protection programs that also cover people working in the informal economy," he added.

In 1992, the UN officially designated October 17 as the Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

This year's theme is "Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all".

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First Published: Sun, October 18 2020. 11:44 IST
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