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Whether our task
is fighting poverty, stemming the spread of disease or saving innocent lives from
mass murder, we have seen that we cannot succeed without the leadership of the
strong and the engagement of all.
us work in partnerships between rich and poor to improve the opportunities of
all human beings to build better lives."
this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us recognize that extreme
poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Let us recall that
poverty is a denial of human rights. For the first time in history, in this age
of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity
from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it."
Poverty is everyone's
problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or
religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are
ALL touched by poverty.
know that government doesn't have the all solutions that real solutions do not
come from the top down. Instead, the ways to end poverty come from all of us.
We are part of the solution.
about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person
has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to
On trade, our hypocrisy
is at its most appalling. Trade reform isn't about charity, it's about justice,
and this campaign, Trade Justice is an unstoppable idea.
wouldn't cost too much to change the rules of trade so that poor countries can
work their way out of poverty. But the world's leaders won't act unless they hear
enough people telling them. And every day they fail to act, thousands of people
die because they can't afford the basics of survival.
Everywhere I go, I see
very much the same thing. I see the same compassion for people who live half a
world away. I see the same concern about events beyond these borders. And, increasingly,
I see the same conviction that we can and we must join together to stop the scourge
of AIDS and poverty.
a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly
governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty.