A senior Iranian official has warned of rising poverty in the world, saying that the ongoing global financial crisis is taking its toll on the more vulnerable echelons of the people in various countries.
During the 51st Session of the UN Commission for Social Development (UNCSD) in New York on Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholam-Hossein Dehqani warned about the increase in the number of people living in absolute poverty.
The Iranian official said economic crises have led to an increase in food and fuel prices, negative social development, and job losses, leaving around 900 million people hungry across the world.
Dehqani also warned about the rising inequality in the world, saying that the gap between the rich and the poor has reached an alarming rate.
The comments come as the UN Development Program (UNDP) has praised Iran's important role in South-South Cooperation, an initiative that calls on developing countries to work together to find solutions to the common challenges facing them.
“According to the UNDP report, the Islamic Republic of Iran has played a significant role in South-South Cooperation through exchanging knowledge, technology, and scientific research and education at regional and international levels,” Dehqani said.