Monday, February 25, 2013

Trade is More Crucial Than Aid For Development.

Good African coffee also a good African story:
 It has been nearly a decade since Andrew Rugasira came up with a plan to streamline sales between Ugandan coffee growers and British supermarkets in an effort to show that trade is more crucial than aid for development. Tim Adams visits with Rugasira, who recently wrote a book on his Good African coffee company project, to assess what has worked and what hasn't. The Observer (London)(2/16) 

A not-so good African story: 
If trade is good for development, the question must be asked: "When will the developed countries stop 'dumping "chicken legs"' on developing countries at reduced prices that prevent developing countries farmers from selling their "chicken legs" at a price that will sustain their farm and family? 
(The "free trade agreement" has benefited U.S. exports.) 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Commission of Social Development

February found me attending the UN Commission's meeting. The purpose of this commission is to focus on PEOPLE "to make the conquest of poverty, the goal of full employment and the fostering of social integration overriding objectives of development." Put in other words, this commission articulates the VALUES that must be part of any UN activities. 

The Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development convened at the United Nations in New York, from February 5 - 15. The priority theme for this year is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all". 

This YouTube video will take you to the Commission's meeting. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Global Movement For A Culture of Peace

The new culture, the new civilization, the new world
With each of our simple acts of goodwill and with each of us working actively with the principles of unity and goodwill in our lives, we’re creating together a future of peace and progress for the whole human race. We are rising together. We’re consuming less and creating more. We’re sharing more. We’re creating cooperatives. We’re creating community.We’re creating new ways to share and to tend to and to care for each other. We’re creating right relationship. We’re creating a culture of heart.
Article 8 of the UN Declaration says: “a key role in the promotion of a culture belongs to parents, teachers, politicians, journalists, religious bodies and groups, intellectuals, those engaged in scientific, philosophical and creative and artistic activities, health and humanitarian workers, social workers, managers at various levels as well as to non-governmental organizations.” 

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