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World News : सभी अरबी लोग अरबपती नहीं होते - 140 millions are BPL
on 2009/12/25 10:03:53

140 Million Arabs Live In Poverty: UN

“Nearly 140 million Arabs live below the poverty line, according to a report published on Sunday by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and Arab League.

The joint report stressed ‘there has been no decrease in the rates of poverty in the Arab region over the past 20 years,’ with some countries actually showing an increase.

‘Overall poverty remains high, reaching up to 40 percent on average, which means that nearly 140 million Arabs continue to live under the upper poverty line.’ The document entitled Development Challenges for the Arab Region: A Human Development Approach also indicated youth unemployment was ‘the highest in the world’ in Arab countries. …” [Agence France Presse (12/20)/Factiva]

Reuters notes that “…Without more help from Gulf Arab countries, nations such as Yemen, Sudan and Somalia risk missing goals set for the UN Millennium Campaign, which aims to halve extreme poverty and boost life expectancy by 2015, it added.

‘The development paralysis experienced by LDCs (least developed countries) in the Arab region can be turned around,’ the report said. ‘However, such a transformation requires a developmental compact between the Arab LDCs and their more fortunate brothers.’ …The region needs to create 51 million new jobs by 2020 merely to keep unemployment from rising above its current levels, it added. …” [Reuters (12/20)/Factiva]


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