GENEVA (AP) – The worst consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the poorest are yet to come, and the measures taken so far by governments to protect the population have been insufficient, the United Nations independent expert said on Friday. poverty.
“The activated social safety nets are full of holes,” said Olivier De Schutter, a Belgian jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
“These current measures are typically short-term, funding is insufficient, and many will inevitably fall through gaps in the system,” added De Schutter.
In his message to world leaders who will participate in the UN General Assembly this month, he called for more decisive measures to be taken to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities, according to a statement released by the UN.
According to De Schutter, the economic crisis stemming from the pandemic is unprecedented in peacetime since the Great Depression of the 1930s. He warned that 176 million more people could fall into poverty, taking as a reference $ 3.2 a day for to live.
Despite the fact that governments have promised social aid programs, the poorest are often excluded from them because they are digitally illiterate or do not have internet access, he said.
In some cases, government programs are already running out.
“Families in poverty have already exhausted all reserves they had and have had to sell their assets,” he said. “The worst consequences of the crisis on poverty are yet to come.”