‘Irresponsible’ to cut back aid now: Q&A with UNDP’s Steiner

by | Jul 1, 2022 | World

New York City, US –  Developed nations should do more for less fortunate countries in a world with “more conflicts, more refugees and more displaced people since World War II”, a senior United Nations official has told Al Jazeera.“We are in a bad place and things could easily get worse”, Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) told Al Jazeera.
He noted a trend among wealthy developed nations to cut back on development financing and humanitarian aid even as need has exploded.
Food and fuel prices have recently skyrocketed. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions are impoverished. Developing economies face major debt crises. Hunger is on the rise amid concerning economic and climate change indicators. Humanitarian appeals for protracted conflicts such as Yemen are increasingly falling on deaf ears. And a destructive war is raging in Ukraine, Steiner said.
“It worries me deeply that just 30 years ago the post-Cold War euphoria saw us, in a sense, beyond history, looking at a world that was smarter, more intelligent, that would not look to conflict, wars and invasions as a way of resolving political differences,” he told Al Jazeera.
In his conversation with Al Jazeera this week, Steiner discussed UNDP’s aid efforts in Ukraine and his views on the setbacks to the UN’s landmark 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, how a global recession could sp …

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