Poverty report says Pacific countries must implement urgent reforms immediately | Pacific Beat

Poverty report says Pacific countries must implement urgent reforms immediately

Poverty report says Pacific countries must implement urgent reforms immediately

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

A unique report from the UN Development Programme to be presented at the Small Island Developing States conference in Samoa, says one in four Pacific Islanders are living below the poverty line.

The report says global financial crises, migration and non-communicable diseases have weakened Pacific economies to the extent where governments are struggling to provide even basic social services.

And as a result of all that, the average Australian or New Zealander can expect to live ten years longer than someone from Vanuatu, and 20 years longer than a person from Nauru or Kiribati.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Peter Batchelor, Pacific Centre Manager, UNDP

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