December 3, the United Nations Development Programme released a report that, given the serious and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, another 207 million people may fall into extreme poverty globally by 2030, and the total number of people in extreme poverty will exceed 1 billion.
According to the study on December 3, the “highly destructive” situation caused by the pandemic means that it will take a long time for the world to recover even in the “post-coronavirus era”. According to relevant research, 80% of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is expected to last for ten years.
The report emphasizes that “the depressing scenario has not yet become a foregone conclusion”. If we pay close attention to the achievement of sustainable development goals, the increase of extreme poverty can be slowed down. In addition, advancing the sustainable development goals will help to narrow the gender-induced poverty gap and reduce the number of female poverty.
Ahim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, said: “The choices made by leaders now may take the world in a completely different direction. We have the opportunity to invest in actions taken over the next decade that will not only help people recover from a pandemic, but also re-track the path of human beings and the planet towards a more equitable and greener future.”
According to UNNews , the study was jointly prepared by the United Nations Development Programme and the Paddy International Futures Center of the University of Denver in the United States. The report assesses the impact of different pandemic recovery programs on sustainable development and explores the multidimensional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next decade.