Wed, 09 Dec | Webinar

Global Poverty and COVID-19

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Global Poverty and COVID-19

Time & Location

09 Dec 2020, 18:00 – 19:00

About the Event

The UNA-YP UK were honoured to have hosted Prof. Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, for a webinar followed by an open discussion.

He addressed the question of how the pandemic has lent a new urgency to the debate on social protection across the world, and the stakes of this debate.

Event report:

Professor De Schutter spoke about his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

COVID-19: Olivier De Schutter emphasised how COVID-19 has shaken the poorest nations in the world and how debt, an investment shortfall, economic downturn and aid budget cuts will contribute to an increase in poverty in the lower and middle income countries as well as in the higher income countries.

Taxation: De Schutter emphasised the need for curbing tax evasion and for a global wealth tax.

Public Opinion: The Professor also raised the importance of motivating young people to do something about global poverty. Further discussion was about how we collectively foster this will to eradicate global poverty.

Global Inequality: De Schutter also touched upon how it is imperative that higher income countries maintain and increase their aid budgets and overseas development programmes.

The event Q&A discussed how poverty was a issue in higher income countries as well as lower income countries.


  • COVID-19
  • Taxation
  • Public Opinion
  • Global Inequality

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