The Heat: UN Report: World of Debt

The Heat

Featured Video Play IconPeople walk past the Bank of England in London’s financial district, as Britain struggles with the highest inflation rate among the world’s big rich economies, in London, Britain July 17, 2023. REUTERS/Rachel Adams

Almost 40% of the Global South is mired in crippling debt, according to a UN report. Is there a way out?

A report by the UN Global Crisis Response Group reveals that global public debt has reached an astonishing $92 trillion. And, 52 developing nations from Latin America to Asia are suffering the most. Governments in those countries must prioritize paying off their debt before spending on healthcare and education. 

As the world struggles with numerous challenges such as the pandemic, climate change, and conflict could rising debt further complicate matters?

Joining the discussion:

  • Ebrahim Rasool is a former South African Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Sourabh Gupta is Senior Asia-Pacific policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies.
  • Yves Engler is a political activist and author
  • Klisman Murati is the Founder of Pareto Economics and Creator of the Global Power Index.