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Progress to reduce poverty has stalled

Thursday 19th May 2016 (Latest News, Africa, Americas, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Global, Employment)

Duration:                    02:53 

Production date:         18 May 2016

Film location:              Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland plus ILO headquarters office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Audio:                        Available in international version 

Rights:                         All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license, copyright ILO

Video type:                  b-roll 

Keywords:                  Poverty, Sustainable Development, Income Gap, Decent Jobs




The report will be under strict media embargo for publication on or after 2000 GMT on 18 May.


This edition of the World Employment and Social Outlook looks at poverty reduction and how it has been influenced by income inequality and the availability of quality jobs in developing and developed countries.

The report provides an estimate of the cost to eradicate extreme and moderate poverty globally. It also offers policy recommendations to address the structural challenges needed to provide both quality jobs and poverty reduction.


Shot list:


00:00 – 00:17

GVs of journalists and ILO economists, including the ILO Director-General at press conference including cover of report: “Transforming jobs to end poverty - World Employment and Social Outlook 2016.” 


00:17 – 00:52

Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO (in English):

Our report estimates that to eradicate both extreme and moderate poverty in the next 15 years – that is the period for the 2030 Agenda obviously – around ten trillion US dollars – the equivalent of a bit more than six hundred billion per year would be required, should efforts rely on social transfers alone. This is the income gap. And this shows the importance of boosting decent jobs so that people’s employment can enable them to escape poverty.”  


00:52 – 01:24

Raymond Torres, ILO special advisor on social and economic issues (in English):

“Progress in reducing poverty is slowing down in emerging and developing countries, and poverty is going up in developed countries. It is important to bear in mind that the rich bear some responsibility for this situation. First of all because they can contribute through paying taxes to the reduction of poverty, and secondly because they are active in sectors where growth is concentrated, growth is narrow-based, and by expanding the base for growth they can contribute to linking growth to decent jobs which is the driver of poverty reduction.”


01:24 – 01:25

Raymond Torres, ILO special advisor on social and economic issues (en francais): “Les progrès dans la réduction de la pauvreté se sont ralenti dans les pays en développement. Et en plus, la pauvreté est en train de progresser dans les pays développes. Les riches ont une part de responsabilité dans cette situation. Tout d’abord par-ce que ils doivent financer les programmes d’aide au pauvres. De financement  de la politique sociale bien sure. Mais également parce que les riches prennent une part importante dans la concentration de ressources productives, et que ces ressources productives doivent êtres élargies de sorte que les pauvres puissent participer au développement économique et a la croissance économique. » 


01 :25 – 01 :58

Raymond Torres, ILO special advisor on social and economic issues (en Español): “La reducción de la pobreza ce esta convirtiendo en un problema en los países en desarrollo. Se esta reduciendo pero mas paulatinamente, y en los países desarrollados la pobreza esta aumentando. Los ricos tienen une parte de responsabilidad en esta situación. Primero de todo porque tienen que contribuir el esfuerzo de financiacion de las políticas de reducción de la pobreza, mediante el pago del impuesto. Y segundo porque a menudo las capas altas en los niveles de renta ocupan una parte importante del desarrollo productivo que es demasiado estrecho en su basé, y ampliando es basé productiva gracias a una responsabilidad de esos que se aprovechan del crecimiento hoy, ampliando esa basé productiva se consigue llegar a capas desfavorecidas, a los pobres, al economía informal, en definitiva, a la creación de trabajo decente que es la basé de la reducción de la pobreza.”




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