These are the words of India's Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, as he unveiled this year's budget. In his previous budget, Mr Chidambaram pledged billions of dollars for the poor and to assist farmers. This year his budget continues to take an 'anti-poverty' approach as he provides a further boost to spending on primary education and heath care services.
Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director, has recently launched the 2005 UNICEF report "Childhood under threat", a comprehensive and all encompassing report on the state of the world's children. The facts uncovered by the report are devastating: 15 years have lapsed since the convention of children's rights was passed, children have never been so high on the public agenda and yet, the initial promises seem broken. "Childhood under threat" uncovers that at least half of the world's children are severely deprived of one or more of the basic necessities:
Despite outright rejection by the Bush administration, the Kyoto treaty came into force this week. Altogether 128 member states have ratified the protocol to reduce greenhouse emissions over the next 7 years to levels below those of 1990.
Have you ever wondered what the International community could achieve if funding for war was diverted to urgent humanitarian needs? STWR have created this eye-opening cost calculator which shows what could be bought instead of arms and military equipment.
As part of sweeping "economic restructuring" implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of years.