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ERIC Number: EJ877384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
What's to Be Done?
Thompson, Jane
Adults Learning, v16 n8 p8-11 Apr 2005
The most serious long-term problem facing the world at the moment is not terrorism but the desperate level of poverty and inequality endured by those living in the Global South--due in part to environmental problems created by the unsustainable abuse of natural resources. By the late 1990s there was a growing consensus that the prevalence of extreme poverty and inequality, the spread of HIV/AIDS alongside malaria and tuberculosis, and the instability of weak states fed with arms by a largely unregulated arms trade, was no longer tenable. The 2000 Assembly of the United Nations attracted the biggest number of world leaders ever. In a mood of millennium euphoria and managerialist target-setting they agreed to adopt the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which committed all nations to work together to halve the proportion of people living in poverty by 2015. The first Millennium Development Goal--on gender equality in primary education that is supposed to be achieved by 2005--provides a critical test of the viability of the UN's commitment to address international poverty. Yet, to date, 70 per cent of countries have failed to deliver on a goal essential to the achievement of the others. As the people from around the world will be taking to the streets in countries like Edinburgh, New York and Hong Kong, to support the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, the author calls on those who are in sympathy with this campaign to organise something locally or join in planned demonstrations wherever they can.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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