Almost half of the Canary population lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion - La Provincia

Almost half of the Canary population lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion - La Provincia

According to him United Nations Development Program, more than 800 million people live in the world with less than $ 1.25 per day. In Spain, 26.6% of the population lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion and in Canary Islands that figure amounts to 44.6% of the population, being thus the Spanish autonomous community worse located. Regarding child poverty, 41.6% of children are at risk of poverty and social exclusion in the Canary Islands, a figure that exceeds the national average by ten points and is only surpassed by Ceuta.

This was stated this morning by the president of Plataforma Pobreza Cero Canarias, Irene Bello, who presented the activities of the campaign Nobody is left behind, which starts today, Monday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, with the talk Women, beliefs and poverty in the Public Library of Las Palmas GC, in Muelle Las Palmas street, s / n, and it lasts all week.

Bello recalled that October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and added that poverty is, in every corner of the world, a more than verifiable reality, something that contrasts with a world economy that does not stop growing and characterized by an unprecedented technological and financial development. In this context, the data about global poverty can only mean one thing: there is a huge number of people who are lagging behind, showing that the current growth model, supported by so many governments and multinationals, not only does not contribute to the eradication of poverty, but also perpetuates it.

"In order to reverse this trend, three years ago the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which the eradication of poverty became the main objective. Today, with the economic recession overcome, although not its social consequences, we see it necessary to give a greater impetus to these 17 Sustainable Development Goals as an inseparable element of any public institution, so that social and redistributive policies cease to be a exclusive tool of the periods of bonanza and become a constant in the program of any political party, "he said.

"It would be," he added, "an exercise too simplistic to see poverty only as an economic issue and not as a multidimensional phenomenon and that includes, in addition, the lack of capacities to live with dignity." Poverty is also the absence of human rights, of civil liberties, access to natural resources or a clean environment, poverty is suffered by the millions of people fleeing war or those who are deprived of participating in elections. " That is why the work of public institutions can not be independent of these problems and must collaborate with people who lack decent living conditions, as well as condemn those who impede the development of their freedoms. The Public administrations they must take all possible measures to implement the 2030 agenda, in coherence with human rights and moving towards compliance.

The Councilor for International Solidarity and Institutional Cooperation of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Carmelo Ramírez, added that "one billion human beings die of hunger, more than 80% of the population in extreme poverty, with 25 wars in impoverished countries", caused by the great powers that control the United Nations Security Council that depends on weapon exporting nations. "More than 70 million people are forced into forced displacement to escape poverty, war and violation of human rights, we must add white slavery."

For his part, the representative of the Jinámar Solidarity Network, Manuel Rodríguez Hernández, affirmed that "we denounce that our rulers do not govern the economy, that they are supranational private organisms, representatives of greed, like the IMF, WB, or ECB, who put the manuals that dictate economic policies, which generate so much social injustice, poverty and inequality. "Rodriguez recalled that" poverty persists and is perpetuated, because most of the rulers are captivated by the greedy, in exchange for crumbs . We denounce that big companies, private organizations and governments that favor inequalities, have made poverty a great business, of which many live NGOs, which in turn are financed by governments and companies that generate misery. Therefore, the solution to poverty is not the increase of the NGOs, nor their financing; but social justice, powerful public social policies, government for the majority; the redistribution of wealth and scientific-technical knowledge; the restoration of the international cooperation of the states and the reinforcement of the role of the UN ".

Finally, the vice-chancellor of Internationalization and Cooperation of the ULPGC, Richard Clouet, remembered the activities that are carried out for this purpose from the University.


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