There is something wrong with this
The UNDP program concludes, “never before has humanity counted on as many resources to eradicate poverty as today” and calculates how much it would cost to guarantee basic social services in every poor country.
For everyone to have access to basic education, 9 billion dollars per year would be needed over a period of ten years. Reproductive health aid for women: 12 billion. Basic nutrition and health for everyone: 13 billion. For everyone to have clean water: 9 billion. The total of all these “expenses” escalates to up to 40 billion dollars per year, or 400 billion over ten years. This amount equals the amount of money that banks launder from drug traffic and less than half the total military expenses in the world.
The most dreadful threat to humanity is demographic explosion. At the beginning of the 20th Century, world population did not reach 2 billion people and, at the end of the century, there were more than 6 billion.
The summits in Cairo and Beijing took place to study this problem. It has been proved that, wherever women have equal access to education and to work, the demographic curve becomes stable. This curve descends in very rich countries, where the retired population escalates and therefore acquires the need for immigrants to cover for work posts and guarantee the retirement payments with its bonuses. Demographic explosion will be prevented with education for all, which will guarantee women’s reproductive health, will eradicate hunger in a world that has become global, close, responsible, and with a sense of solidarity.
It has been proved that the eradication of hunger and the coverage of basic health for all is possible and cannot be postponed because life on this Earth is in danger.
It is insane that Bush pretends to fight against terrorism with preventive wars by wasting the millions of dollars that the Clinton Administration generated. Would it not be more logical to cover more urgent needs? There is something wrong when there are 34 wars in the world, when the United States and England bomb civilian zones in Iraq and the free world tolerates the extermination of the Palestinian people by Israel. They do not control the financial powers, but they will surely bomb other countries when it will benefit their interests.
About a hundred multimillionaires asked Bush not to eliminate the tax on inheritance: about 236 billion dollars over a decade. This will have a repercussion on the poorest. But the greed of others who sustain power prevailed. That money was more than half of what was needed to eradicate hunger in the world.
Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez
This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 11/02/2004