UN: 6 Million Iraqis Under the Poverty Line
|October 19, 2013||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Warned the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), the increasing rates of poverty, after the number of people living below the poverty line, more than 6 million in a country that produces nearly 3 million barrels of oil a day, and called for a comprehensive plan for sustainable development.
The announced UNAMI in a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, that the United Nations focusing on the sustainable development of programs aimed at creating a fairer Iraqi society.
The statement quoted the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Nikolai Mladenov, saying that Iraq is a country rich in natural and human resources, it produces three million barrels of oil a day, and enjoys his doctors and engineers respected throughout the region. In return for this fact there are six million Iraqis are living below the poverty line.
He added: as it seeks political leaders and religious leaders to find ways to meet the security challenges it is necessary to draw up a comprehensive policy alleviate poverty and to develop and sustainable livelihoods for all Iraqis, progress has been made over the past years in this area, and Iraq has the goal of poverty eradication extreme poverty (income of less than two dollars a dollar and a half a day), there is still much to be done.
The envoy stressed that the international organization trying to cooperate with the Iraqi civil society organizations to create favorable conditions for a lasting peace, the United Nations initiative to bring about sources of income and enhance the standard of living of citizens.
It was Mladenov said in a statement urged Iraqis to respond to the violence. He said: At this crucial time, I would like to appeal to all Iraqis and their political and religious leaders and civil strive to achieve unity and understanding among them. That work together and alone can Iraqis cope with the violence that tearing their society.
The government reports were confirmed in a census conducted in 2011 that the poverty rate in Iraq amounted to about 23 percent. The government stresses that efforts to combat poverty facing challenges, especially at the level of the impact of violence in the movement of the economy in the country.
But a source in the Integrity Commission confirmed for the life that the problems of corruption and bribery constitute an obstacle to the development of poverty eradication programs, including social welfare programs, which are exposed from years of looting, and the complexities of administrative prevent the arrival of the salaries of social care to beneficiaries correctly.
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