Making Poverty History – An Attainable Ideal

The WCC has just issued a strong indictment of the solutions formulated by various governments to the presents world economic crisis. These solutions put the salvation of financial institutions on the forefront, which may be understandable, given the catastrophic implications of their possible collapse, but then suspectly forget the fate of the poor and the implications for them of the solutions formulated by the mighty of this world.

This is a prophetic indictment, as it is expected in such times from a religious organisation of this caliber.

Such a message is also needed in our country, following the last austerity measures of the government. Yet, Romanian religious are strangely silent about all this.

Let’s hope the mighty will hear it and pay attention. Here is the statement:

Eradicating poverty is possible – with political will and moral courage


The World Council of Churches (WCC) has called on world leaders to put impoverished people first, instead of making priorities of big banks and military expenditure.

In a statement released ahead of the United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to take place in September 2010, the WCC has reiterated its conviction that eradicating poverty is both “a moral and ethical imperative” and an achievable goal.

“We believe that mobilizing the financial resources needed for poverty eradication and the achievement of the MDGs […] is a matter of political will, yes, and also of moral courage,” says a WCC statement presented by a small ecumenical delegation at the UN general assembly hearings on the MDGs held in New York on 14-15 June.

The WCC statement contrasts the resources needed to achieve the MDGs with the “trillions of dollars” that “in a matter of months” were put together by governments in rich countries “to resuscitate ailing financial institutions” and ever-increasing “global military spending”.

“We need to re-examine and dismantle such a perverse system of priorities that places more importance on rescuing big banks and acquiring machines that kill people than on emancipating people from starvation and homelessness,” the statement says. Read on…

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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