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Poverty and hunger

Over 70 organisations from across civil society in England and Wales have provided evidence for a new report to the United Nations on the UK’s human rights record, writes Emma Guy for Each Other.  The report by Just Fair concludes that rights in the UK – including everyday rights such as to food, housing, social...
The richest 1 percent grabbed nearly two-thirds of all new wealth worth $42 trillion created since 2020, almost twice as much money as the bottom 99 percent of the world’s population, reveals a new Oxfam report today.  During the past decade, the richest 1 percent had captured around half of all new...
Five million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday in 2021, with almost half (47%) dying during their first month, according to new UN figures. Most of the deaths could have been prevented with better healthcare, say campaigners, adding that deaths among newborn babies haven’t reduced significantly...
Unless austerity is reversed, people in developing countries will lose social protections and public services just when they are most needed. And it doesn't have to be this way, write Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins for Project Syndicate. The world is confronting multiple, compounding crises, from COVID-19, energy...
Pandemics, wars and recessions do not exempt states from human-rights commitments. They must tax multinationals and the richest more to protect the most vulnerable, writes Magdalena Sepúlveda for Social Europe. For many, it began with cancelling a doctor’s appointment, not buying clothes for their children, giving...
At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions?  Mohammed...
A global relief fund of a record $51.5bn will be needed to assist 339 million people suffering because of 2022’s ‘extreme events’. The number of people who will be in need of humanitarian relief in 2023 has increased by almost a quarter in the past year, as the climate crisis, the war in Ukraine and the largest...
As the world's most powerful central banks—led by the U.S. Federal Reserve—drive poor nations into deeper economic crises by aggressively hiking interest rates, a coalition of 140 organizations from across the globe urge the International Monetary Fund to provide immediate financial relief to low-income nations...
A new report End Austerity: A global report on budget cuts and harmful social reforms shows that 85 per cent of the world’s population will live in the grip of austerity measures by 2023. ​This trend is likely to continue until at least 2025, when 75 per cent of the global population (129 countries) could still be...
As a new analysis revealed that the global ranks of the superrich soared to a record number, a coalition of charity groups said Tuesday that hundreds of millions of people around the world are hungry—and that someone starves to death every four seconds, writes Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams. At least 238...
Devastating floods and record-high heatwaves have been making headlines this summer, but some countries have been suffering for far longer - and are grappling with far worse than minor water shortages. In a new report on the impact of climate on food supply, Oxfam found a 123 per cent rise in acute hunger in the 10...
Contents Our activity and impact in 2021 Print publications and our website Campaining activities and evens Future plans and projects Our activity and impact in 2021 As the year 2021 began, the need for sharing global resources was unprecedented. Acute food insecurity had soared to a five-year high, while...
To bring about a 'Great Leap' scenario, it is necessary to address the fundamental inequalities that are the root cause of the ecological crisis, writes Paul Virgo for IPS news. In 1972 the Club of Rome alerted the world to the harm human economic systems were doing to the health of our planet in its seminal, best-...
Russia's war on Ukraine has wreaked havoc on global commodity markets, driving up energy and food prices and exacerbating hunger emergencies around the world, reports Jake Johnson for Common Dreams. But while disastrous for the global poor—millions of whom are living on the brink of famine—the chaos has been a...
50 years ago, the report ‘The Limits of Growth’ was published — and its scenarios turned out surprisingly accurate. But we can still change course, writes Jayati Ghosh for International Politics and Society. In 1972, the United Nations held its first-ever environmental summit in Stockholm. In the run-up to the event...