Around 780 million people of the mother-earth are living in the poorest countries of the world. These countries are officially described as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). They are continuously struggling against hunger, poverty and disparity. Though they represent 11 % of the world population, which are living in 49 LDCs’, they have the stake of less than 5% of the global resources.
Over the years, the poor countries of the world have been facing series of discriminatory treatments by the most advanced parts of the world resulting marginalization in the global economy. The world powers, through their different wings like International Financial Institutions (IFIs), have imposed destructive policies based on neo-liberal doctrine. The so-called ideology claims that ‘people are best served by maximum market freedom and minimum intervention by the state’. Continue reading
“The world’s poorest nations are making halting progress in water, but little or no tangible improvement in sanitation — two of the basic necessities of life. The U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which seek to reduce extreme poverty and hunger by 50 percent by 2015, has also set a target of halving the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation.
But this goal may never be reached unless at least 10 billion dollars are invested every year, through 2015, to improve sanitation worldwide, according to the Stockholm International Water Institute. It is hard for policy makers and opinion leaders to imagine how unsafe — not to mention embarrassing — it is to relieve oneself in public, in the middle of the street, or for women in rural areas waiting for sunset to find a bush or faraway field, with high risks of physical assault or rape.”
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Rare international consensus ensured that the new millennium heralded the promise of a fairer world for poor countries, symbolised by undertakings to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Suddenly, a combination of science and observation makes it clear that climate change will impact developing countries much harder and sooner than the richer countries which have caused the phenomenon. With the Millennium Declaration potentially undermined, the moral predicament demands greater levels of international cooperation and resource transfer than have been seen since 1945..
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