Is a life in an impoverished country worth less than the life of someone from a rich nation? Paul Okumu poses this question as he explores why there are more than 190 conflicts endangering lives and affecting communities across the globe . . . and why there is not greater outrage.
In the countries we are told are developed, I have noticed one common denominator:
People value life.
One life is enough for a nation to embark on an expensive search for rescue and survival. One life going without food is enough to make a country bow down in shame. One person killed is enough to make an entire country mourn.
So why is it that the lives of billions of people affected by conflict -- fathers, mothers, wives, children -- do not seem to matter to the world?
Over the past decade, many countries in the Arab Region have experienced good economic growth rates and some have even posted positive indicators for health, education and decreasing poverty. But key issues - inequality, jobs for our youth, peace and human security - are not being addressed. If we are to truly end poverty, it is imperative that the Post 2015 agenda include clear commitments on these issues, writes Ziad Abdel Samad.
Imagine growing up in a place where the sound of bombs exploding is routine, where travel - within your own country, much less overseas - is complicated, stressful and often simply not possible and where school-going is tinged by memories of tear gas.
This is unfortunately the reality in too many communities in the Middle East.
“Financing for Investment” -- a new catchphrase for generating long-term finance primarily for huge, cross-border Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure -- is quickly becoming a centrepiece of the G20's agenda and will feature prominently in this year's G20 meetings.
In much of the world, writes Nancy Alexander, infrastructure investment is desperately needed. But new infrastructure projects should strengthen, not undermine, sustainable development.
As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.
More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.
"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".
In a resolution adopted by consensus, the UN General Assembly urged member countries last December to implement affordable health care systems that cover all citizens. The resolution calls on member states to develop national health systems that “pool risks among the population” to avoid “the impoverishment of individuals as a result of seeking the care (that they need),” particularly in the case of catastrophic illnesses.
While this is a step in the right direction, citizens must take action to ensure that their rights are protected, writes Oscar Lanza. Universal health care on its own does not ensure fairness.
Alarm bells should be ringing: Pakistan’s educational system is characterized by low literacy and enrollment levels, high dropout rates, poor infrastructure, insufficient training for education professionals, unequal opportunities and low public spending, writes Irfan Mufti. Primary education has never been a priority for our government.
Amidst claims and galore of achievements, the condition of education in Pakistan is dismal.
The following statement was delivered to the UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development by Siti Mariyam, an Indonesian migrant worker, on 25 March 2013.
For the last ten years, at least 200 million migrant workers in all over the world have been moving the world’s economy and bring advantages to our country and the countries where we work. Majority of us are women and work as domestic workers.
We are in vulnerable condition. In this we almost have no legal protection, even though we have contributed alot, but our mobility has been limited with policies which are discriminative, exploitative, anti-migration, criminalization and put us as informal sector. Working abroad is our human right that should be promoted, fullfilled and protected by the country of origin and the country of destination.