United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty: “We must build back better”

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                Olivier De Schutter, le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur l'extrême pauvreté et les droits de l'homme, parle à FRANCE 24 de l'impact inquiétant de la pandémie de Covid-19 sur la pauvreté et les systèmes de protection sociale. 
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                                    <p>De Schutter dit que nous avons besoin d'un débat sur la modification des droits de propriété intellectuelle sur les vaccins, afin d'assurer l'égalité d'accès aux pays à faible revenu et à faible pouvoir d'achat. 

The UN official released a report estimating that nearly 180 million more people will fall into extreme poverty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He insists that poor countries – although they are not necessarily the most affected by the virus – are the most affected by the economic crisis it has caused. Heavily indebted developing countries are unable to borrow money to strengthen social protection. In addition, their economies are heavily dependent on commodity exports and these prices have fallen on world markets all over the world. Finally, a large part of the populations of developing countries work in the informal sector, which makes them even more vulnerable to the crisis.

De Schutter says women and children have been ‘disproportionately’ affected by Covid-19 lockdowns, reminding us that when children don’t go to school they can easily end up in child labor, scoring a huge setback for their education.

For the UN official, rich and poor countries must “build back better” to avoid the erosion of fundamental rights. He laments the fact that many countries have only put in place “short-term” social protection measures during lockdowns. De Schutter says that “all people” should be protected “throughout their lives by basic guarantees of income security”, which he says are “perfectly affordable”.

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