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UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty visits

magdalena-II05 Oct 2012 - Story by Staff Reporter
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WINDHOEK - A United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is on an eight-day official visit to Namibia to collect first-hand information on the situation of people living in extreme poverty.
During her visit she will study initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people living in extreme poverty and towards the fulfilment of human rights
08.10.2012
WINDHOEK - A United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is on an eight-day official visit to Namibia to collect first-hand information on the situation of people living in extreme poverty.
During her visit she will study initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people living in extreme poverty and towards the fulfilment of human rights.

So far Magdalena Sepúlveda has visited projects in the Khomas Region and is expected to continue with visits to communities in the Kavango and Karas regions.

Although Namibia is classified as an upper middle-income country, Sepúlveda says the country has “one of the most unequal distributions of income and wealth in the world, and therefore poverty and inequality are significant concerns”.
Sepúlveda will devote specific attention to social protection efforts and government programmes to address the high levels of unemployment in the country.

“I will also examine the main obstacles impeding access to public services including health and education services and justice mechanisms for people living in poverty and social exclusion,” she said in a statement issued by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In addition, Sepúlveda will conduct meetings with senior government officials, including representatives from various ministries working on social policy. Part of her visit will also include meeting representatives of the UN, the donor community, non-governmental organisations and communities living in poverty.
Her findings and recommendations will be presented in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in June, next year. She will however share preliminary observations on the visit during a media conference on Monday.
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