New UN poverty report finds ‘vast inequalities’ between countries

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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 (APP):A new UN report released Thursday said that there are vast inequalities across countries, and among the poorer segments of societies.

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows that in the 101 countries studied – 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income – 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”(which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence).

“Action against poverty is needed in all developing regions”, the report states, noting that South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and are home to the largest proportion of poor people, some 84.5 per cent.