September 7, 2016

Richest Countries Failing To End Poverty, Inequality: UN

Written by Sebastien Malo, Reuters published on Huffington Post

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U.N. member states agreed last September to 17 goals to tackle the world’s most troubling problems such as inequality, poverty and climate change.

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Most of the world’s richest countries failed to earn top marks on their progress toward reaching the United Nations’ goals to end poverty and inequality, with only Germany and the United Kingdom in the top ten, according to a list published on Thursday.

The United States ranked 25th on the index of 149 countries, scoring poorly on promoting clean energy and fighting inequality and climate change, said the ranking by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German social responsibility foundation.

U.N. member states agreed last September to 17 ambitious goals to tackle the world’s most troubling problems such as inequality, poverty and climate change.

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