Make War and Hunger History-00011

Make War and Hunger History-00011

Make War and Hunger History-00011

On OCTOBER 17-19, 2008 Stand Up & Take Action
Against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals

Take Action Against War and Hunger! Together, we can Make War & Hunger History!!
Nearly one billion people go hungry each day, 65 percent of them in just seven countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Congo, reported the UN food agency ( ). “For millions of people in developing countries, eating the minimum amount of food every day to live an active and healthy life is a distant dream”, said FAO’ Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem.

Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger in 2008 primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by FAO. This brings the overall number of undernourished people in the world to 963 million, compared to 923 million in 2007 and the ongoing financial and economic crisis could tip even more people into hunger and poverty, FAO warned.

"At a time when $700 billion can be found overnight to bail out the richest bankers in the world and $1000 billion can be spent on one single “war,” when sovereign wealth funds in a few rich countries alone are at $2500 billion and growing, it stretches credulity when we are told that the world can’t find an extra $18 billion a year to save the lives of millions of children and women and meet the basic needs of the majority of the world’s population."
—- Global Director, U.N. Millennium Campaign, Salil Shetty

Several Heads of States, Ministers, politicians, high-ranking government bureaucrats, unscrupulous businesses, criminals, drug traffickers, smugglers and other unscrupulous people are depositing large sums of illegal money in not just the Swiss banks, there are around 70 tax havens worldwide which are used to stash slush monies. A 2008 report by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) lists Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Panama, Singapore and others as states where it deems bank secrecy rules undesirable. Estimates suggest more than $11 trillion black money may be stored in tax havens.( )
If the governments are serious about stopping black money and raising resources to meet the growing economic crisis, they must take steps to bring back the unaccounted or, ill-gotten wealth. Most adversely affected are the developing nations including those from Africa and Asia, where disappearance of large amounts of money badly needed for development.

Two-thirds of the world’s populations don’t have access to the financial system. Poor are not considered credit worthy. The idea of the business is only maximisation of profit. That is too narrow an interpretation of a human being. The current financial meltdown is destroying jobs, lives and livelihoods, while wreaking havoc on currencies and stock markets around the world. It has taken resources from the many, while concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. To date, governments have largely responded by spending more than one trillion dollars bailing out private financial institutions and corporations. Meanwhile, the crushing needs of communities, ordinary citizens and fragile ecosystems have been largely ignored. There should also be social business in the society.

The globalisation had to ensure the maximum good for the maximum numbers around the world and not just the privileged few who got richer under the corrupt political regime. It is true that every successful economy is a market economy, the problem lay in the way it evolved in the corrupt regime which privatised profits and socialised losses. That is not capitalism. The current crisis showed that system was inadequate to cope with the changing situation. The societies needed to practise social responsibility throughout their business, ensuring that they did not make profits by harming lives, livelihoods and the environment. Every human being should have the “right to credit” because if people have money, they can change their lives.

Eight years ago, in 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration agreeing to do everything in their power to end poverty. They pledged to do this by achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2015. Are we even half way to meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals?

Still, every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between rich and poor people is increasing. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, 70% are women.

In war and conflicts, every year thousands of people killed, wounded or displaced includes infants, toddlers, boys, girls, house wives, grandmothers, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, sisters, schoolteachers, factory workers, healthcare workers, agriculture workers, sales girls, graphic designers, software writers, call centre employees, dancers, day care providers, construction workers, babysitters, musicians, singers, bakers, restaurant workers, cab drivers, maidservants and many more. Thousands of soldiers have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have suffered severe physical and psychological wounds.

We have the power to change this. Push your governments for peace, more and better aid, debt cancellation, education for all boys and girls, healthcare, trade justice, gender equality, right to credit and public accountability.

Let us tell the political gamblers
that we hate their ways of war and destruction!

Arise and tell the war mongers
what we need are tools to work and freedom from hunger!!

Say No To Unfair Social System!
Say No To Corrupt Political Regime!!
Say No To Unfair World Order!!!
Say No To Unfair Trade!!!!

Fight for peace!
Fight against hunger!!
We can make ‘War, Terrorism and Hunger History’ in our lifetime!!!

foto: firoz ahmad firoz

Posted by Social Geographic on 2008-10-06 20:02:12

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