I have decided to try to see the world a bit differently than before. Actually I cannot switch back anymore. Some time ago I started to watch movies by thinking how they are made up. After a while it really started to irritate that one could not enjoy the plot since almost all the scenes started to look like fakes (or set-ups…). The same has happened to me with our ‘real’ life.
Here’re some statistics that indicated something I haven’t realised before. Our developed world do not lack resources—only the will and commitment.
|Social / Economical Goal||Additional annual investment|
|Elimination of hunger and malnutrition||$19 billion|
|Reproductive health care for all women||$12 billion|
|Clean drinking water for all||$10 billion|
|Universal literacy||$5 billion|
|Immunizing every child||$1.3 billion|
Source: State of World 2004
Just to give some reference points for the order of magnitude of the issue: Microsoft has some $50bn in its free cash reserves. Bush’s Mars programme is estimated to top $400bn. US annual defence budget is $400bn without Iraq costs. EU’s annual budget has a ceiling of 1,24% reaching last year around €100bn (some $120bn). UN’s target for Overseas Development Aid is 0.7% of GNP annually for developed nations. So, EU alone would cover with its current member’s current Overseas Development Aid programmes easily the whole annual requirement of $50bn….Money is not the issue. More on this topic later but here’s one way to see the reasoning for the status que – EU’s CAP.