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Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years

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  • The United Nations Development agency has warned that coronavirus could reverse human development for the first time in 30 years.
  • The fall-out from the pandemic is expected to hit poorer economies harder, as they’re less able to deal with the socio-economic impacts of the virus.
  • COVID-19 has forced the closure of millions of schools worldwide, preventing children form receiving a proper education.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has starkly exposed inequalities worldwide and could set back human development for the first time since 1990, the United Nations said on May 20th .

It said the crisis had, though, revealed the strength of collective action in the face of a common threat and urged the world to show the same force on climate change.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unleashing a human development crisis,” the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report.

Other shocks – such as the financial crisis of 2007-2009 or the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016 – have dealt a blow but did not prevent year-on-year development gains overall, said UNDP head Achim Steiner.

Image: Roland Berger

“COVID-19 – with its triple hit to health, education, and income – may change this trend,” he added.

Besides deaths from COVID-19, which have now topped 320,000, the crisis could indirectly mean an extra 6,000 children die each day from preventable causes in the next six months, UNDP said.

Six out of 10 children globally are not getting an education due to school closures, and with deep recessions hitting most economies, the decline in UNDP’s human development index would be equivalent to erasing all the progress of the past six years.

The decline is affecting rich and poor nations, but is expected to be far steeper in developing countries that are less able to cope with the pandemic’s social and economic fallout.

“If we fail to bring equity into the policy toolkit, many will fall further behind,” said Pedro Conceição, director of the UNDP office that produces its annual Human Development Report.

“This is particularly important for the ‘new necessities’ of the 21st century, such as access to the internet, which is helping us to benefit from tele-education, tele-medicine, and to work from home,” he added in a statement.

UNDP estimated that 86% of children in primary education are effectively out of school in countries with low development, because they lack the tools for web-based learning, compared with just 20% in the wealthiest nations.

Expanding access to the internet in low- and middle-income countries would cost $100 billion – about 15% of the income they will lose this year and 1% of the fiscal stimulus the world has committed in response to COVID-19, the report said.

“Today, this is a timely investment that would facilitate the recovery and welcome half the world’s population to some of the opportunities of the 21st century,” it added.

The same problem affects poorer households in rich countries too, with more than 300,000 students in New York City lacking access to any computer to do schoolwork, it noted.

The city sought to address by problem by distributing 175,000 laptops, iPads and Chromebooks before remote learning kicked in, and one internet provider offered some households free wifi and broadband for a time.

UNDP said the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated it was possible for people to rally together in confronting threats – a lesson that could be applied to climate change.

“If we needed proof of concept that humanity can respond collectively to a shared global challenge, we are now living through it,” the report said.


24 Comments on "Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years"

  1. anon on Tue, 26th May 2020 12:56 pm 

    lets not confuse the virus with the planned and organized ‘response’ to the virus, which is what caused that damage.. and from all appearances it was intended to cause this damage.

  2. Anonymouse on Tue, 26th May 2020 2:17 pm 

    Consider for a moment that anyone who died from this named ‘flu’, would have likely succumbed to the un-named regular seasonal flu all the same. You know, the elderly, the very young, the already sick. If human development goes into reverse, it will be because governments and corporations, withheld, cancelled or severely scaled back, regularly available goods and services. You to ‘protect’ us.

    What an example of how this works? Think my province where countless 1000s of surgeries have been cancelled because the hospitals were emptied for a flood of ‘plague’ victims they knew full well, were NEVER GOING TO MATERIALIZE.

    That is just one example, of you how you can throw human development in reverse in my corner of the world, all while maintaining plausible deniability with a straight face. Cancel a shit-ton of surgeries because of Covid-19? Yes!, better safe than sorry, I mean dead. The idiots at city hall in my city even imposed all kinds of restrictions and bans on disposing of household and industrial hazardous wastes. Why? Dont know. No else does either. Im sure there is a lot of the same, or similar going all over world just as bad.

  3. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 5:23 pm 

    “Panic” was/is caused by the fearmongering MSM and the power hungry government whores, not the virus, which is no worse than any other in the last 100+ years.

    When the total deaths, actually caused by the new flu, gets to 1 million, get back to me. As Anon said, the true numbers are much, much smaller than the reported ones. Just like the economy numbers are fake and lies, so are the Covid-19 numbers.

    It’s All about $$$ and POWER! The elite don’t give a damn if billions die as long as they get richer and more powerful and enough of us survive to serve them. They are trying everything to see how much they can get away with before the riots start. All preplanned folks.


  4. DT on Tue, 26th May 2020 5:57 pm 

    In my suburban paradise I no sooner got done paying my property taxes and No trespassing signs were put up in all of the local schoolyards. So criminalizing the general taxpaying public is now the norm.

  5. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 6:23 pm 

    DT you now live in an open Police State. TPTB are not trying to hide it anymore. Sorry!

  6. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 26th May 2020 6:36 pm 

    The reality is that giving others power to “save” you is giving them the power to enslave you.

  7. JuanP on Tue, 26th May 2020 6:42 pm 

    Mak, you stupid fuck, DT is me.

    Sorry, you are so unaware of your world.

  8. Davy on Tue, 26th May 2020 6:53 pm 

    Mak you intelligent, fair and balanced contributor. JuanP @ 6:42 is me.

    Sorry I am the biggest douche in the world.

  9. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 7:30 pm 

    MOB, Right On!

  10. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 7:35 pm 

    For those who seem to have short memories: I reply to the comment and ref to the name it is posted under. I don’t have time to waste trying to remember/figure out who is posting under fake names or using other’s.

    Although. blaming Delusional Davy, the Misery Jackass, is good, if I am not sure who. LOL

  11. Anonymouse on Tue, 26th May 2020 7:42 pm 

    I think its safe to say, its the stalking and socking exceptionalturd playing his usual stupid sock games. JuanP, the real one, does make posts like that(unless demented davy is the target). The only one here he has zero respect or use for, is deranged davy. Everyone else (real) JuanP was pretty mellow with and about. Even the other non-davy grade retards.

  12. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 8:18 pm 

    Anon, I put the real JuanP in the mature, intelligent class and try to not confuse his posts with those posted in his name, by the Demented, Delusional, Goat Fucker, Davy.

    The lock-down here is easing up quickly as the number of real Covid-19 deaths are declining. I hope your situation is easing up also. I thought 2020 would be a bad year but I never thought it would be like this, just a decline in economies and a hotter year, not a total destruction of the world economy and police states all over. I think the 20s decade is going to change everything we knew in a negative way. We shall see. Have a great day!

  13. Anonymouse on Tue, 26th May 2020 8:58 pm 

    CV deaths are only declining because there never that many to begin with, and most that were attributed to it, we know to be the result of data manipulation. Even in the Philippines, thought its possible the problem there was far less pronounced than in N.A., where TPTB are trying to find new CV-19 victims wherever they can.

    My situation is, the authoritarian amerikan-jews ass licking true-dough, along with all the other 10 mini-me’s want to keep the bogus ‘restrictions’ in place for as long as they can drag this out. Whatever their ultimate plans and goals are, returning things to ‘normal’, except in the most token, and deceptive way possible, is not one of them.

    If you want to see how bad things can get here in ‘liberal’ Canada, just search Doug Ford and CV-19. Guy is completely off his rocker and has embraced the whole pandemic op at a level deeper than thought. Not that thought was ever one of Doug Fords strong points, but this CV bullshit, shows how batshit insane the guy is. Its like he wants Ontario to turn into a economic and human wasteland.

    With fat retards like him in charge, and true-dough ‘leading’ the pack, I dont rate our prospects highly. Though today I went to pick up my mother, I saw very few masks, and no one appeared that concerned about any ‘anti-social distancing. Different story inside grocery store though, that much I can tell you.

  14. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 9:44 pm 

    With a population slightly less than 1/3 that of the US, Philippine COVID-19 deaths are only 886 to date. The US claims 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, most are lies. But then, the US lies about everything. LOL

  15. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 26th May 2020 9:45 pm 

    We have woke up into a Great Malthusian Nightmare (trap)!

    Remember Goldman and Saudi’s and IEA warned about oil shortage in 2020.

    I posted about it a million times. Just google any of those terms and oil shortage.

    So Now the plan that has been in place for over half a century goes into action.

    The Kissinger Report NSSM-200

    RIP 6 BILL!

  16. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 26th May 2020 9:58 pm 

    Trump says he won’t close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits

  17. makati1 on Tue, 26th May 2020 10:01 pm 

    MOB there will be nothing left to close by then.

  18. JuanP on Tue, 26th May 2020 11:42 pm 

    “With a population slightly less than 1/3 that of the US, Philippine COVID-19 deaths are only 886 to date. The US claims 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, most are lies. But then, the US lies about everything. LOL”

    LOL, Mak, you believe those numbers? You are getting old

  19. The Board on Wed, 27th May 2020 12:30 am 

    LoL, no one believes ‘JuanP’ posted the goatshit above. You must be getting old and stupid davyskum.

  20. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 27th May 2020 8:30 am 

    Retrded americans still think the mask is a tool for protecting yourself. it protects others from you, it does not protect you at all.

  21. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 27th May 2020 3:08 pm 

    German news NOW;


    The Germans are not upbeat about it.

  22. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 27th May 2020 10:22 pm 

    Excellent! Trump cracking down on censoring bolshi social media! Hit them hard!

    “Donald Trump will sign executive order on ‘social media’ after threatening to CLOSE platforms he claims are censoring conservatives in wake of Twitter fact-checking his tweets“

  23. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 27th May 2020 10:57 pm 

    Poor Boris, a shadow of his former self, still not fully recovered. In the readers comments you can verify that his own base is abandoning him. And then there is Cummings.

    “HENRY DEEDES: Boris Johnson was like a tin of Pedigree Chum attacked by a schnauzer“

    BLM demonstrations spreading:

    “Black Lives Matter protester is left unconscious after falling from hood of police cruiser that was attacked as Los Angeles highway was closed down by demonstration in support of George Floyd“

    “Two months and things will be normal again”

    “The UK could be ‘virtually back to normal’ by August says ex-WHO chief who correctly predicted that lockdown would be eased mid-May“

  24. makati1 on Thu, 28th May 2020 1:46 am 

    Abe, that “cracking down” won’t happen. You should know that by now. Trump is pure bullshit 24/7/365. None of his tweets would pass the truth test. Not one. But, he is great at making Amerika isolated and a 3rd world country!


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