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World leaders Hazard anger, more protests over inequality -UN official

Demonstrations in Latin America and elsewhere are linked to impatience with leaders who should deal with the inequalities of the 21st century,” said Achim Steiner, manager of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in a meeting.

“People who possess the power (…) have to recognise that unless they could respond to the specific feeling of despair people believe, their validity is going to be contested,” Steiner said in the Bogota launching of the UNDP’s yearly report on human evolution. “My expectation is that these protests have been in several respects a call.”

As nations rush to grow, the frustration of people who remain without access to high education, the electronic market or services such as broadband might fuel political anxiety, Steiner stated.

The report demonstrates that while the gap in basic living standards has shrunk, nations with reduced development are fighting with a new production of inequalities, together with the ratio of adults in quite highly developed nations entering tertiary schooling growing six times faster than at low developed nations.

Broadband subscribers grew 15 times quicker in highly developed nations than in non developed ones, the report included. Climate change will also give rise to inequality, as people who have fewer tools struggle to protect themselves from extreme weather and natural disasters.

“it’s no coincidence that this isn’t a happening of Colombia or of Latin America; it’s occurring globally,” Steiner said. “The political polarization and on occasion the explosion of demonstration are occurring around the globe.”

Recent protests from the area also have rocked countries such as Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Directed by trade unions and student associations, protesters have set out 13 requirements to President Ivan Duque’s authorities, such as that it scrap plans to reduce taxes on companies.

“(Protests) aren’t born from this moment but are somewhat more breaking out in the streets predicated on longterm developments and tendencies,” Steiner said, adding that although protests are triggered by various issues in each state they signify a”inherent sense of concern, of pity (…) a feeling of a lack of equity”