The number of people in need is frightening – we need a global response | Axel van Trotsenburg

The number of people in need is frightening – we need a global response | Axel van Trotsenburg

The Guardian

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We can rise to the challenge of a green, resilient and inclusive recovery from Covid, but only if critical changes are made

The numbers are well-publicised but bear repeating. Around 120 million more people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020, a number that could rise to 150 million in 2021. An estimated 250 million jobs have been lost around the world, and the number of people affected by acute food insecurity was estimated to have doubled to 272 million by the end of last year. A decade of progress in the most fragile countries wiped out.

Let’s put a human dimension on these numbers. More than a billion children have been out of school during the Covid-19 pandemic, and girls are much less likely to return to the classroom.

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