Leaders call on UN to set new zero poverty target

May 30, 2013

The leaders of Britain, Indonesia and Liberia on Thursday called on the United Nations to set a target of 2030 to eradicate extreme poverty, as the spearhead of new development goals.

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said there had to be a "transformative shift" in production and doing business to eliminate the world's worst social ills.

The three produced a report, handed over by Yudhoyono to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of recommendations for targets to replace the (MDGs) which run up to 2015.

The leaders headed a 27-member panel of ministers and business leaders which recommended 12 broad new goals to eliminate poverty, secure universal access to water, new efforts on women's equality and sustainable jobs in conflict free societies.

While the MDGs concentrated on health and poverty, the leaders said the new goals had to include a target to end conflict and "ensure good governance." War and corruption are two of the main causes of poverty, they said.

To reach the new goals, the report sets out radical aims including ending agricultural subsidies, closing down tax havens and making sure multinational companies pay taxes fairly.

The report by Cameron, Yudhoyono and Johnson will now be sent to the 193-country UN General Assembly which will debate new targets to be enshrined at a world summit in 2015.

Yudhoyono said the three had sought to use a "true universal perspective" rising above their national interests.

Cameron said: "This report sets out a clear roadmap for eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

"We need a new global partnership to finish the job on the current Millennium Development Goals, tackle the underlying causes of poverty and champion sustainable development."

The MDGs set out a target of cutting by half the number of people living on $1.25 a day by 2015. The report says however that there are still 1.2 billion people living below this line.

"Inequality remains and opportunity is not open to all," said the report. "The 1.2 billion poorest people account for only one percent of world consumption, while the billion richest consume 72 percent."

The world population has increased by one billion to seven billion since the MDGs were set in 2000 and it will increase by another billion by 2030.

The report predicts that food and energy shortages, climate change and inequality faced by women and young people are among the most pressing problems facing the world between 2015-2030.

"Above all, there is one trend—climate change—which will determine whether or not we can deliver on our ambitions. Scientific evidence of the direct threat from climate change has mounted," said the high level panel.

Ban said the panel had outlined "important and ambitious concepts" that build on the MDGs, which have acted as a catalyst to drive increased aid toward alleviating poverty and improving health in the poorest countries.

Child death rates have fallen by more than 30 percent, with about three million children's lives saved each year compared to 2000. Deaths from malaria have fallen by one quarter in that time.

Aid groups broadly welcomed the panel's focus on eliminating poverty and pressing for action on climate change.

Oxfam said there must be more attention to the growing income inequality in the world.

"Global poverty is declining, but income inequality is soaring," said Oxfam expert Stephen Hale. "A plan for reducing inequality was a major omission in the original MDGs, and ignoring income inequalities now will undermine the struggle to eliminate poverty and injustice."

Michael Elliott, president of the ONE development advocacy foundation set up by rock singer Bono, said the report's call to action on was a "milestone."

"Now we have to turn words into action," he said.

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VENDItardE
2.1 / 5 (7) May 30, 2013
noble goals
Shelgeyr
2.7 / 5 (7) May 30, 2013
This is a call for tyranny and slavery.

When the law requires you to not be in poverty, it either forces you to work, or it allows you to kick back and not work while forcing the productive to take care of you.

Bad idea for all involved either way.

"Inequality remains and opportunity is not open to all," said the report. "The 1.2 billion poorest people account for only one percent of world consumption, while the billion richest consume 72 percent."


"Inequality" is not the problem. It is just a symptom. Governments destroying wealth, while impeding and/or eliminating wealth-building are a big part of the problem, and in the 3rd world so are government-caused famines (virtually all famines these days are in fact government-caused, i.e. hunger is a weapon).

Governments keeping a choke-hold on their economies is a far bigger problem than "inequality".

Don't allow them to make the economic battery go flat - we need the potential difference.

Supply & Demand rules!
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (8) May 30, 2013
" But the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalising markets to let poor people get richer. That means freeing trade between countries (Africa is still cruelly punished by tariffs) and within them (China's real great leap forward occurred because it allowed private business to grow). Both India and Africa are crowded with monopolies and restrictive practices."
http://www.econom...ould-aim

The socialist/tyrant dilemma, power or prosperity.

forcing the productive to take care of you.

The socialist state of Massachusetts WANTS more people on EBT as they refuse to stop paying over 1000 dead people or do anything to prevent fraud.
Why? To buy votes (power).
"Audit finds 1,164 dead among Mass. welfare recipients"
http://bostonhera...cipients
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (6) May 30, 2013
"A stunning $2.39 million in benefits were paid out to more than 1,160 people who were listed as dead, according to a scathing new audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance.

The report, released this afternoon by state Auditor Suzanne Bump's office, also showed where DTA failed to use technology that could have identified $15 million in questionable benefits and shelled out a $1 million more to those using fake Social Security numbers."
"Five regional DTA offices could not provide documentation for more than 30,000 blank EBT cards, raising serious questions in an agency where past internal probes found employees misusing blank EBT cards to access recipients' benefits inappropriately."
"After the House passed amendments to put photos on EBT cards and create a Bureau of Program Integrity to help stop fraud, the Senate gutted them from its own budget. "
http://bostonhera...cipients
JohnGee
1.6 / 5 (7) May 30, 2013
Don't allow them to make the economic battery go flat - we need the potential difference.

Statements like this remind me why I don't tend to probe engineers for their political/economic opinions. Physical systems are not human systems and to think you can flippantly analogize poverty and voltage is astoundingly ignorant.

You might understand circuits. I highly doubt you have a better than average grasp of economies.
Shelgeyr
2.5 / 5 (4) May 30, 2013
You might understand circuits. I highly doubt you have a better than average grasp of economies.


Doubt all you want. I doubt it will be the first time you've been wrong.

Of course economics is more complex than my analogy would - by itself - lead one to believe.

Not too long ago I argued against a silly PhD (don't be impressed by that - I wasn't) who was "pro-circuit-analogy" and yet was still wrong (both about how circuits function and about the economic theory he espoused - his view was that "redistribution of wealth" was analogous to a circuit being properly grounded - geez - talk about "astoundingly ignorant"!) so feel free to have your opinion disagree with my opinion. It won't be the first time!
alfie_null
not rated yet May 31, 2013
Rather, make the goal to eliminate bad leadership by 2030. That would solve many problems, including poverty.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (2) May 31, 2013
War it the fastest way to gain immense profits, and corruption is it's twin. It's not disappearing
Shelgeyr
2.3 / 5 (3) May 31, 2013
War it the fastest way to gain immense profits, and corruption is it's twin. It's not disappearing


If I could insert a qualifier - changing "the fastest" to "one of the fastest" - I have to agree. Sad but true.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) May 31, 2013
Don't allow them to make the economic battery go flat - we need the potential difference.

The greater the potential and with more people (current) the more economic power is generated.
If you look at various discrete distributions, a Poisson distribution is one likely to represent income distribution. As the mean income increases the variation increases with the end result being more individuals becoming more wealthy. What's wrong with that, 'liberals'?
Here are some examples of discrete distributions:
http://www.wolfra...ons.html
no fate
1 / 5 (1) May 31, 2013
"Inequality remains and opportunity is not open to all," said the report. "The 1.2 billion poorest people account for only one percent of world consumption, while the billion richest consume 72 percent."

Pretty easy to see who should be helping who here. THose of us that work should be unaffected.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) May 31, 2013
"Inequality remains and opportunity is not open to all," said the report. "The 1.2 billion poorest people account for only one percent of world consumption, while the billion richest consume 72 percent."

Pretty easy to see who should be helping who here. THose of us that work should be unaffected.

Trouble is socialists who need to buy votes keep redefining poverty. In the US if you have a smart phone, cable and a flat screen TV you can still be considered impoverished. And using 'inequality' instead of an objective minimum standard helps to feed greed and envy.
Of course, though, in much of the world, the rich are those is charge of the govts and obtained their wealth by plunder, not by creating products and services people want to buy.
antialias_physorg
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2013
When the law requires you to not be in poverty, it either forces you to work, or it allows you to kick back and not work while forcing the productive to take care of you.

Why would you equate 'work' with 'not being poor'?

Are we already so far into this slave mentality that we think work is what humans are for?
(Yes, I know we aren't 'for' anything in particular - but having a (sorta) free will we can choose, as a species, what our role should be. And I'm pretty convinced that 9-to-5 for all eternity ain't it.)

Eradicating poverty can be achieved in other ways besides having everyone work (or having some work for others).

One way would be to make goods so easily manufactured that they are basically available everywhere and for free ... and I believe in the combination between additive manufacturing (3D printing), decentralized energy production and recycling of materials we're already headed in that direction.

ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2013
One way would be to make goods so easily manufactured that they are basically available everywhere and for free ...


TANSTAAFL

It is possible to reduce local entropy without work. Work requires energy.
Sounds like another socialist's wet dream.
antialias_physorg
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2013
You think robot labor will not, some day, fully replace human labor?
You think robits will be, forever, unable to produce other robots?

I know that day is still quite a ways off - but seriously: Why would you NOT want to live in a society where stuff is basically for free? Why would you want to live in a society where people HAVE to work as opposed to one where people don't need to?

Just so that some people can feel superior to others because their work makes more money?

Money is a tool for an economy of scarcity. If we can beat scarcity then the whole idea of an economy becomes moot.

And at it's root the fight against poverty is the fight against scarcity.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2013
Indonesia has the largest Muslim pop in the world.

"According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia's population has doubled within 40 years from 119.2 million in 1971 to 237.6 million in 2010. In another 40 years from now, our population will exceed 450 million...

"But some Indonesian Muslims are not worried. For them, fears of a human population exceeding the earth's carrying capacity means a lack of faith in God. They strongly believe that God will provide every creature with the necessary resources to live."
http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/22/the-reason-why-we-should-control-population-growth.html

-Obviously their problem is not poverty it is religion. What is the UN going to do about THIS?
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2013
Why wouldnt you want to live in a society where people HAVE to work
Animals are designed to anticipate times of need and to prepare for it. Humans can imagine futures with unlimited potential for lack of necessities, and in fact throughout our history our tropical repro rate has made this the norm.

And so we have been selected for the desire to accumulate more than we need. If stuff was free there would be no way to moderate this desire for everything we could get our hands on. Society would collapse.

Earning money is a practical way of restricting greed. Having to live within our means is also the only chance we have of restricting pop growth because after all, making babies is the most rewarding thing we can do.

These are additional indications that the human form factor is not compatible with the techno society it has created. We have designed ourselves into obsolescence.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2013
Money is a tool for an economy of scarcity. If we can beat scarcity then the whole idea of an economy becomes moot.


Scarcity is driven by supply and demand.
How do you plan to limit human demand?
Just so that some people can feel superior to others because their work makes more money?

Maybe they want more money to buy the goods and services they want.
And without money, how will the supplier know what is demanded?
antialias_physorg
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 03, 2013
How do you plan to limit human demand?

The same way it is already limited: by letting it self-limit.

Example: While economists thought that people would always need more electrical power reality shows us that this isn't so. In the industrialized nations per capita use has levelled off (and is, due to increased efficiency, even dropping in some cases).

Same with food. At some point you just can't stuff your face with any more of it.
Same with clothes. At some point it makes no sense to have even more clothes.
Same with anything else you care to name.

Especially with recycling and 3D printing the amount of stuff you would need at any one time would be minimal (because you could forego the 'storage' of goods which we all do in our homes for the most part and just manufacture what you need for the immediate situation)

Demand is driven by need. But 'need' isn't endlessly big.
JohnGee
1 / 5 (4) Jun 03, 2013
TANSTAAFL

Heinlein is the Wagner of sci-fi; beloved for his works, loathed for his politics. Just look at the film adaptation of Starship Troopers. They make every attempt to ridicule the right-wing themes in the source material, a good story maimed with propaganda. It's the same phenomenon as Orson Card.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Jun 03, 2013
How do you plan to limit human demand?

The same way it is already limited: by letting it self-limit.

Demand is driven by need. But 'need' isn't endlessly big.


Demands are UNLIMITED by wants.
Who needs an iphone or an ipod or.....some other new wizz bang thing no one has thought of yet, but will want when it is invented?
This is called innovation and drives growth. No more innovation, no more growth.

I guess if humans evolve to the level of energy beings like the Organians, we won't want anything more either.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2013
Example: While economists thought that people would always need more electrical power reality shows us that this isn't so. In the industrialized nations per capita use has levelled off (and is, due to increased efficiency, even dropping in some cases).
Example: everybody gets a ford. But my neighbor has built himself a mercedes and I am jealous. Why cant I have a mercedes as well?

So I trade him my ford and my evinrude powerboat and my stihl chainsaw and my hound dog for his mercedes. How soon do you think that someone will invent money to make this more efficient?

And my nephew wants to buy drugs but he hasnt got any money (nobody does.) So he steals my mercedes and trades it for some weed, but wishes there were a more convenient way of doing this.

Money is inevitable.
DavidW
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 03, 2013
Eradicating poverty can be achieved in other ways besides having everyone work (or having some work for others).


That's a very naive statement. The ONLY WAY poverty can be eradicated is by everyone working for the truth.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2013
Eradicating poverty can be achieved in other ways besides having everyone work (or having some work for others).


That's a very naive statement. The ONLY WAY poverty can be eradicated is by everyone working for the truth.
Hi dave. Has anybody told you to STFU today? Truth is, your god is a lie. But you would have already known this if you had any respect for the truth.

But you dont.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Jun 08, 2013
Why would you NOT want to live in a society where stuff is basically for free?


"'All of them should have been very happy,' Robert A. Heinlein begins his 1942 novel Beyond This Horizon. The material problem has been solved on this future earth, poverty and disease have been eradicated, work is optional. And yet parts of the citizenry are not enthusiastic. Some are bored, others are preparing a revolt. Why should that be, in such a utopian world?"
"Low poverty and inequality, generous welfare benefits, and schools, universities and health care for free. A society in which you are not poor just because you don't work."
"Young men with nothing to do and nothing to lose, standing on the outside, looking in, with a sense of worthlessness, humiliation and boredom. It's not the first time that such a situation has ended in violence. When this happens in Sweden it shocks the left, because it shows that money isn't everything."
http://www.specta...eden-has