Concrete policy recommendations to help ease the effects of the global financial meltdown on the most vulnerable groups - including the poor, elderly, youth and migrants - is a top priority in the ongoing annual meeting of the United Nations Commission for Social Development in New York. "With the global financial and economic crisis we already have indications of the growing number of working poor, rising unemployment and growing social unrest,"
Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen of Finland. "Those impacts of the current crisis are expected only to get worse. They undermine social policy and threaten social stability," added Lintonen, who also heads the U.N. commission.