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Not enough being done to fight world poverty, says WEF

The World Economic Forum tends to wield significant clout but is usually associated more with conservative business positions calling for smaller government. Here the WEF seems to be revalidating the State’s role as primary service provider and criticizing current efforts to address the root causes of poverty. Ed.

21 April 2004 : New Zealand Herald

GENEVA - The world's governments are failing miserably to meet goals they have set themselves to reduce poverty, war and hunger, a leading business group says.

The World Economic Forum (WEF), in an unusually scathing report, said not enough was being done to raise standards of education and health, the basic "building blocks of global stability", as agreed by 189 countries at the United Nations in 2000.

The UN's so-called Millennium Declaration established a series of goals to act as yardsticks for world progress, such as halving hunger or water and sanitation shortages by 2015.

"Too often the governments are scarcely trying," said the report. "The non-state actors on the international scene -- businesses and civil society groups -- are neither able nor willing to compensate for the inadequacies of government."

The WEF, organisers of the annual Davos meeting of the rich and powerful in the Swiss Alps, said the report attempted to hold governments accountable as political and financial leaders gather this week in Washington at a joint meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

In none of the categories outlined by the WEF -- peace and security, poverty, hunger, education, health, environmental protection and human rights -- were international bodies and governments doing even half of what is needed to meet UN goals.

In some areas -- such as hunger in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia -- conditions were worsening, the WEF said.

"History is likely to judge all of us more for our progress towards these goals than for marginal changes in GDP (economic output) or the rise of stock indices. Given the record in 2003, history's judgment is unlikely to be flattering," it added.




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