World Public Organization
World Bank and the United Nations
The United Nations and the World Bank, with their tremendous influence and power, have the unique ability to truly make a difference in our world. Through them, and other organizations such as UNICEF, the two and the if, the potential to make sweeping changes in the lives of 3rd world populations is very significant.
Unfortunately though, this potential is yet to be fully realized.
Through various policies of economic globalization which favor mostly large corporations, the standard of living in many countries has actually gone down in the last decade. More than 1/5th of the world’s population now lives on less than $1 a day, and a further 1/4 of the population on $1-$2 a day. These numbers are unacceptable.
The UN’s policies must be subject to reform if they are to effectively promote the flourishing of local economies where goals such as having food security, a healthy environment and cultural diversity can be met.
And surely, with the billions being spent every year on war and defense budgets, we could allocate a small portion of that money into bettering the lives of the less fortunate?
In 2005 the total military expenditures for the 20 top world spenders were approximately $735.9 billion. A 20% reduction in spending would free up more than $140 billion! The potential uses for that much currency are staggering. (Link to 2005 numbers)
The United States alone has planned to spend $711 billion on military expenditures in 2008.
We need to spend less on trying to destroy each other, and more on bringing positive change to the citizens of our planet.
Where to use the funds
More money for wells and clean drinking water should be given to poor communities to ensure they have the most basic of human needs.
The World Bank and the U.N. must work with local governments in order to fund, develop and implement new educational programs and learning centers that promote healthy living and hygiene.
Money should be allocated for programs like ‘integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses (imnci)’ in India. (http://www.unicef.org/india/health_369.htm)
This initiative aims to educate and strengthen the skills of healthcare workers and new mothers alike through hands-on training and promotion of healthy family and community behavior. It also supports various immunization and vaccination efforts against diseases like polio, measles and newborn tetanus. Its focus is primarily on infant health and safety, due to the extremely high rate of infant mortality and malnutrition in the country.
Some quick facts:
1. Close to 50 per cent of newborn deaths in India occur during the first seven days of birth.
2. Under-five infant mortality rates have reached staggering numbers in the 3rd world, especially in African nations.
Our children are our future, and we must do all we can to keep them healthy, happy and educated.