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quinta-feira, março 17, 2005


the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) met today to figure out how to meet the challenges of carrying out recommendations on global socio-economic development as well as population issues and women's struggle for greater equality.

One of the papers before the Council said in summary, "Between 1990 and 2001, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day) has declined from 28 to 22 per cent, or by 137 million people."
On the other hand, "the number of undernourished in the developing countries fell by only 9 million, or 3 percentage points, while it actually increased in the second half of the 1990s," it said.
An estimated 1.4 billion people were "working poor," living on less than $2 a day, while an additional 186 million people were estimated to be officially unemployed worldwide, it said.


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