The Politics of Poverty and Population = by Giovanni Ebono (LW2)

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was in New York the week

that the financial bubble burst, allowing him to strut the

world stage at a vital moment, as John Winston Howard had

coincidentally done on September 11, 2001. The irony though,

buried by the financial drama, was that he had travelled there for

a United Nations summit on world poverty.

The irony is that world poverty is almost completely due to the

theft of resources from the poorest countries in the world, by

a very small number of incredibly rich people. As soon as the

wealth of those very rich people was threatened, world poverty

suddenly fell off the agenda.

In May 2000, 189 world leaders unanimously acknowledged

world poverty as the shame of the 20th century and signed a

document to address it, known as the Millennium Development

Goals. This set of 8 tangible goals is designed to overcome the

worst aspects of world poverty in a measurable, achievable way

by 2015. More than half that allotted timeframe has passed and

we are much less than halfway there. The New York summit was

set to address that fact.

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