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ONE MINUTE IT TAKES TO READ THIS POST 11 CHILDREN IN THE WORLD
WILL HAVE DIED OF HUNGER.....
The more than 50 world leaders who met at the United Nations
in New York recently were told that hunger continues to kill 24,000
people a day and 11 children every minute.
In an address given by Brazilian President Lula da Silva world
leaders were urged to intensify their efforts to reduce global poverty
in the face of concerns that the UN is falling behind in its stated
target of halving world poverty by 2015 and in the achievement of
the Millenium Development Goals.
Twenty million people walking
waist-deep in water in the land of Bangladesh
need food after the floods.
A miracle of a space rocket
to circumnavigate Neptune will cost two billion
dollars for several years of journeying.
How can we reconcile these two?
yet every day decisions are made a new scent, a rare
cosmetic or food for people at the death level!
Every day we redestroy the earth
genuine people are crucified anew so that an indulgent
wealthy few titivate while others simply starve
We are the indulgent machine-fed
ones aiming daily death blows at the earth we could
repent but we dare not our priviliges are deeply set
Contradictions daily stare us
in the face we gear the earth to our convenience inequalities
grow daily into abominations Jesus has us die to self
daily as a solution...
The Millenium Development Goals were a commitment made by the nations
of the world that by 2015 they would:
- eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- achieve universal primary education
- promote gender equality and empower women
- reduce child mortality
- improve maternal health
- combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- ensure environmental sustainability
- develop a global partnership for development
Each goal is broken down to eighteen specific, achievable targets
and forty eight indicators of progress towards achieving the goals.
Whilst some progress has been made particularly in immunization,
disease control, reduction in child mortality and the elimination
of hunger and poverty in some parts of the world (in other places
it has got worse) UN officials say the world body is falling behind
in its efforts to achieve the 2015 goals.
For a progress report on the achieving of the millennium development
goals visit the Development Gateway website.
WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES?
Using two different approaches, the World Bank estimates
that, if countries improve their policies and institutions, the
additional foreign aid required to reach the Millennium Development
Goals by 2015 is between $40-$60 billion a year.
This estimate is consistent with other agencies estimates of the
costs of achieving individual goals, such as those for education
and health. By itself, this additional aid will not be sufficient
to attain the goals, as many countries will have to reform their
policies and improve service delivery to make the additional spending
effective but at the same time countries like Australia have reduced
their level of overseas aid in terms of percentage of GDP.
By contrast the cost to the US of prosecuting the war in Iraq will
nave reached $152 billion by the end of 2004, agricultural subsidies
to farmers in rich countries total $300 billion annually and a conservative
estimate of military spending in developed countries is $500 billion
JUSTICE AND PEACE
The word Justice is used infrequently
in the Bible. It is rather translated as Uprightness,
Just treatment, Righteousness, Right living, and in
other ways but they all point towards all peoples.
painting by Pat Mohen in the Westcourt Collection.
When he spoke to the woman at
the well Jesus was setting her onto the path of true
justice so that she could be accepted as an equal and
likewise she could accept others as equals.
He went around doing good, bringing
all peoples towards the path of righteousness.
This Justice movement leads to
true Peace, but the acquiring of it seems to be an impossibility
in today's world. Here are two extremes. Millions of
black Africans trudging towards death and
two billion dollars to construct a space craft that
will circumnavigate the planet Neptune in seven years
from now. I am not blaming the rocket builders individually
for the state of things in Africa, I just use these
two examples to point out the extreme inequalities existing
on this earth.
It is only when the peoples of
the earth can get a grip on this equality concept that
the message of Jesus can be universally understood and
it must start with our personal strivings. We must find
this Justice path and encourage others to find it also.