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14:12 The world faces a food crisis. The United Nations appeals to billionaires to lend a helping hand



On the 17th, Beasley, the chief executive of the World Food Program, called on global billionaires to act and extend a helping hand to the hungry.  (AFP information photo)

On the 17th, Beasley, the chief executive of the World Food Program, called on global billionaires to act and extend a helping hand to the hungry. (AFP information photo)

2020/09/18 14:12

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report]David Beasley, chief executive of the World Food Programme of the United Nations Organization, said on the 17th that about 270 million people are hungry in the world, and 30 million of them are afraid if they are not rescued. Life-threatening, Bisley called on global billionaires to act and extend a helping hand to the hungry.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, there are currently about 270 million people going hungry in the world. The World Food Program’s plan this year is expected to assist 138 million hungry people, which is the largest aid operation in the history of the organization. Bisley said that the organization needs approximately US$4.9 billion (about NT$142.4 billion) a year to assist 30 million people who may be facing death. Bisley mentioned that the authorities are doing everything they can to prevent the collapse, but if the World Food Program does not get the resources it needs, the wave of famine may still sweep the world.

Bisley pointed out that, including the world’s richest man Bezos (Jeff Bezos), there are about 2,000 billionaires in the world with a total net worth of US$8 trillion (about NT$2,324 trillion), and many of them earned money during the epidemic. Billions. Bisley emphasized that he is not opposed to others making money, but mankind is facing the biggest crisis in history.

According to a report released in June by the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington think tank, since the outbreak of the Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) epidemic in the United States, the total assets of American billionaires have jumped 19 %, about 500 billion US dollars (about 14 trillion New Taiwan dollars).

Since March 18, some states in the United States have implemented a blockade policy. Amazon founder Bezos, the e-commerce leader, has increased his assets by US$36.2 billion (about NT$1.05 trillion), and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has increased. With 30.1 billion U.S. dollars (approximately NT$874.8 billion), Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net assets also increased by 14.1 billion U.S. dollars (approximately NT$409.7 billion).

Bisley said that it is time for the richest people to step up and help the poorest ethnic groups. He emphasized that it is now in a special period and the world needs billionaires to do the right thing. He called on the rich to help the hungry people.


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