Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What's up USA? Cheers to Europe!

This is from
The United Nations estimates that the cost to end world hunger completely, along with diseases related to hunger and poverty, is about $195 billion a year. Twenty-two countries have joined together to raise this money by each contributing 0.7% (less than 1%) of national income. Some of the countries have already met this goal. Others are being a little slow, but this can be fixed. You can see how the countries are doing here. You can print a letter to support your country’s participation here.

Did you get that?
If all of these 22 countries give just 0.7% to international development aid, we can completely eliminate world hunger and all diseases related to hunger and poverty. ALL of these countries promised to meet this pledge.
If you click on the link above to "see how the countries are doing," you'll see that the USA next to last among the 22 countries who have promised to increase their international development aid to 0.7%. My home country (USA) is currently giving a meager 0.17%, while 5 smaller European countries are leading the way by already surpassing the 0.7% goal. Come on USA! Get your act together! Politicians and citizens need to come together to say that we will carry our weight in the international community, not just in military support but also in straight international aid.

Sweden, Luxemborg, Norway, Netherlands, and Denmark have already reached the 7% goal. 11 other countries (all European) have scheduled to reach the goal within the next 7 years or sooner. Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and USA still have not scheduled a year when they plan to reach their pledged 0.7% giving to international aid. What's the hold up? If you live in one of these countries, please contact your representatives, and ask them to help our nations fulfill our promise to the world.

South Korea, where I live, has the 11th largest economy in the world. South Korea is so new to being a developed nation, that they are often left out (or opt out) of discussions like this. No more! To any Koreans out there, please ask your government leaders to engage in the world community to by giving 0.7% of your national budget to international aid.
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