Public Policy Approaches to Poverty Eradication: Create Jobs, Reduce Inequalities, Provide Social Protection

February 12, 2012


United Nations: Economic and Social Council (UNESCO). 2011-11-20. “Poverty eradication.” Report of the Secretary-General. E/CN.5/2012/3. http://snurl.com/225rgoa

Commission for Social Development Fiftieth session 1-10 February 2012 Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly.

“Summary: Pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/10, in which the Council decided that the priority theme for the 2011-2012 review and policy cycle should be poverty eradication, taking into account its relationship with social integration and full employment and decent work for all, the present report examines challenges to poverty reduction and discusses key policy approaches to poverty eradication. It argues that, for economic growth to contribute to poverty reduction, macroeconomic and social policies should focus on job creation, reducing inequalities and providing social protection. Investing in agriculture, rural development and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures are also necessary to improve food security and reduce poverty.”

The UNMD target to halve the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day between 1990 and 2015 will be met at the global level but not in all regions.

1990 Globally 1.8 billion people were living on less than $1.25 a day (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)).

1990-1992 Globally there were 817 million people who were undernourished (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)).

2005 Globally 1.4 billion people were living on less than $1.25 a day (a decrease from 1.8 billion in 1990.

2009 Globally there were over 1 billion people who were undernourished an increase since 1990-2.

2010 Globally there were over 925 million people who were undernourished. By late 2010 food prices surged and the numbers of undernourished increased.

Webliography and Bibliography

2011. “A New Era of Social Justice.” report of the Director-General, International Labour Conference, 100th session (Geneva, International Labour Office, 2011).

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