World hunger overestimated 聯合國錯估世界飢餓人口數字

更新時間 2012年 11月 9日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間12:37
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Many children in Africa are suffering from malnourishment.

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日前聯合國承認世界飢餓人口總數沒有其估計人數之多。一項最新報告顯示全球飢餓人數約為 8.7億人,而並非此前公布的近 10 億人。請聽以下來自 BBC記者 Alan Johnston 的報道:

A few years ago the United Nations announced that the number of hungry people around the world had gone through the one billion mark. But the UN agencies now say that at the time their data tended to exaggerate the problem. They say progress in the fight against hunger has actually been better than was thought.

But all the same, new and more accurate figures show that just under 870 million people are malnourished today. That's more than 12% of the global population. And in Africa the battle is being lost. More and more people there are hungry. One of the UN agency chiefs said that in this advanced age it was "entirely unacceptable" that 100 million children don't get enough to eat.

The report talked of the need for economic growth that might provide vulnerable communities with greater income-earning opportunities. But, as it looked for long-term solutions, the UN also spoke of the importance of good governance, political stability and the rule of law. The creation of conditions in which economies, and education and health services, might develop in the poorest parts of the world.

Quiz 聽力測驗

How many people around the world did the UN say are hungry?

One billion people.

How many people around the world are malnourished today?

870 million people around the world are malnourished today.

True or False: There are 100 million children in Africa who are hungry.

Yes. 100 million children in African don't get enough to eat.

What does the UN think the long-term solution is for hunger?

The UN says the importance of good governance, political stability and the rule of law can help improve the situation.

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