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Make War & Hunger History-00032

THANK YOU for your wonderful testimonial: Fred ( www.flickr.com/photos/9480607@N07/ ) and Chris Schneider ( www.flickr.com/photos/cschneider56/ ).

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"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 www.hindu.com/2008/10/08/stories/2008100855121100.htm

 

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.

 

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 ( www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/8836/ ). “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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 and public accountability.

  

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!!!

  

www.flickr.com/people/standagainstpoverty/

www.standagainstpoverty.org/

www.endpoverty2015.org/

www.whiteband.org/

www.unglobalcompact.org/

   

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Taken on December 21, 2008