Posted on June 25, 2020, 12:51 PM IST
India has become a founding member of an Alliance for Poverty Eradication at the UN, launched by the President of the General Assembly, aimed at focussing on efforts to boost global economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will formally launch the 'Alliance for Poverty Eradication' on June 30, which he said will serve as a forum for Member States to raise awareness about the danger that poverty poses to world peace, human rights and sustainable development.
He will also galvanise Member States, the international community and other stakeholders to support actions geared towards poverty eradication. India has joined the alliance as a founding member and stressed that ending poverty is not just about monetary compensation but guaranteeing access of the poor to quality education, healthcare, clean water, sanitation, decent housing and social security.
"There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. Global inequality is deeply entrenched. It's shocking to note that just a little over 2000 billionaires have more wealth than 60 per cent of the planet's wealth," India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nagaraj Naidu said.
He stressed that the Alliance for Poverty Eradication should contribute to the policy discourse that seeks to analyse poverty from the perspective of multiple deprivations. "The alliance should also use the United Nations development system to enable it to bring together its special expertise and policy portfolios to focus on integrated system-wide action for poverty eradication," Naidu said.
He pointed out that India is implementing a comprehensive development strategy based on a digital foundation to end poverty in all its forms, through accelerated economic growth and broader social safety nets.