Poverty Has to Stay on the Agenda

The Journal (Newcastle, England), April 19, 2010 | Go to article overview

Poverty Has to Stay on the Agenda


Byline: KEVIN ROWAN

AMID the fuss and furore around the General Election, with consideration focusing on local and national issues, not to mention the air traffic shutdown, the actions and events for World Poverty Day yesterday will not have featured on many radars.

Yet many of the challenges we face in the North East and throughout the UK are inextricably linked to what happens in other parts of the world. Immense levels of poverty in the developing world are a major cause of the displacement of communities, an issue that does register very clearly as of concern to people here.

There are different choices regarding how the UK seeks to play a role in international development. They include choices between the 'charity box' aid interventions or seeking to support more sustainable development; the level of responsibility that the relatively rich countries have in supporting much poorer countries in tackling fundamental challenges, education and health infrastructure and climate change, as well as economic development.

The UK economy and broader society can only operate in a truly internationalist way, because that is how the modern world operates. The response to the causes of the recession demonstrate the need for international co-operation on issues like finance and trade. …

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