Tuesday, September 23, 2008

United Nations Wants More Aid To Africa - Calls Poverty A "Human Rights Violation"




AJC: U.N. chief urges boost in Africa aid; Rich nations falling behind on promises

United Nations —- Under the cloud of a global financial crisis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the world’s rich nations to spend $72 billion a year to help Africa fight poverty, improve health and ensure universal primary education.

He told the opening of a high-level meeting on Africa’s development needs that the price tag may be daunting but “it is affordable,” pointing to the estimated $267 billion that the world’s richest nations spent last year just on agricultural subsidies.

“In this context, the cost of solving the food crisis, addressing global warming and pulling millions out of extreme poverty in Africa looks like good value,” he said.

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