An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by the severe long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total number to more than one billion by 2030, the UN warns.
According to a new study by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released this week, a “High damage” scenario would mean a prolonged resumption of the pandemic. The report predicts that 80% of the economic crisis induced by a pandemic would linger for more than a decade, blocking the pre-pandemic growth path.
A “baseline Covid” scenario, based on current death rates and the most recent growth projections from the International Monetary Fund, would see 44 million more people living in extreme poverty by 2030, for example compared to the development trajectory in which the world was before the pandemic.
“As this new poverty study highlights, the Covid-19 pandemic is a tipping point, and the choices leaders are making now could lead the world in very different directions.” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. “We have the opportunity to invest in a decade of action that not only helps people recover from Covid-19, but that redefines the development path of people and the planet towards a more just, resilient and resilient future. green.”
The report said targeted investments could prevent the rise in extreme poverty, but lift 146 million people out of its grip and even surpass the development trajectory the world was on before the pandemic.
The takeover of the UN world government directly starved more than 2 million people.
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