Cuban Foreign Minister Criticizes the Inequality in the World

January 17, 2023

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Today through his Twitter account, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez criticized the vast separation of wealth that exists in the world. Citing a recent report from the organization Oxfam International, he pointed out that while the fortune of the rich grows, more than 820 million people go hungry every day.

The Foreign Minister underscored the figures of the document that evidences the underlying inequity in the current system of world economic relations.

The richest one percent of the world’s population monopolizes 45.6 percent of the global wealth, while the poorest half owns only 0.75 percent, the diplomat wrote.

He added in his message that while the fortune of an elite grows, approximately 1 in 10 people worldwide goes hungry.

The Oxfam International report that came out Monday is entitled “Survival of the Richest” which concludes that several factors have coincided in the world to cause an explosion of inequality.

The research points out that climate change, the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and other elements caused an unprecedented crisis in which millions of human beings face hunger, inflation and lack of access to basic necessities.

Poverty has increased for the first time in 25 years while the richest have become dramatically richer and corporate profits have reached record levels, the text adds.

In its conclusions, the document poses as a challenge to find ways to tax the richest to help fight inequality.

Source: Cuba en Resumen