Call to increase spending on people's social needs in the Pacific
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 6 December 2018
“The United Nations says Pacific governments need to increase spending on their people to end poverty.
“The UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP, has released a report that showed spending on social protection in the region was less than one-third of the global average.
“It also said 60 percent of people in the region were unprotected against sickness, disability, unemployment, or pregnancy.
“The commission's Kaveh Zahedi said greater investment in education, healthcare and social needs could be a solution to ending poverty.
"The report showed that poverty persists and it shows that one of the ways of tackling that poverty is by investing more in social protection, including in the Pacific."
“Kaveh Zahedi said many people in the Pacific, especially rural communities, women, migrants, the elderly and those with disabilities, remain trapped in poverty.”
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