In the present report, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human
rights, Olivier De Schutter, observes that children born in disadvantaged families are
denied equal opportunities: their chances of achieving a decent standard of living as
adults are significantly diminished by the mere fact that their parents are poor.

The Special Rapporteur examines the channels through which poverty is
perpetuated, in the areas of health, housing, education and employment. The growth
of inequalities itself is an important contributing factor: the more unequal societies
are, the less they allow for social mobility, and wealth inequalities are particularly
corrosive in that regard.

Read the report of Olivier De Schutter