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Merkel says poverty decline is too slow

The Local · 18 Sep 2010, 11:52

Published: 18 Sep 2010 11:52 GMT+02:00

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In her weekly video podcast, posted online Saturday, Merkel said it was good news that the number of starving people had fallen by 100 million last year, but added, "We need to be quicker."

Merkel is travelling to New York on Sunday to attend the UN summit, where world poverty is to be the main point on the agenda. At the Millenium Summit ten years ago, UN member states vowed to halve hunger and poverty by 2015.

Merkel said that not all the goals had been achieved so far, "But we can do a lot in the next five years." She also promised not to reduce Germany's development aid around the world, "despite our savings programmes."

The main issue up for discussion in New York is how the money needed to be spent, Merkel said. "This is not about the further development of a so-called aid industry. It is about helping yourself. We want our development aid to help people become more self-confident and take their lives into their own hands."


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Your comments about this article

15:49 September 18, 2010 by Bishopbayern
Right again ang!
17:21 September 18, 2010 by Bushdiver
No surprise. I'm not far from that myself. Maybe some new taxes or raise some allready existing taxes, that's bound to push evem more people into the poverty bracket.
23:00 September 18, 2010 by DinhoPilot
You dudes have to work more!!! Work = no povertry !!!LOL
07:09 September 19, 2010 by JohnPaul44
It has been well-known for many years that the greatest cause of world poverty, hunger, etc., is over-population, which is increasing exponentialy and is reliably predicted to push us all off the planet within our lifetimes! I certainly do not advocate genocide as a solution, but deliberately aiding people to breed us all out of existence sounds a little counter-productive to me.
10:27 September 19, 2010 by catjones
While over-population strains resources, there was poverty when the population was half of today's. What's at play is that we become increasingly efficient at all kinds of production and it simply takes fewer and fewer people to produce more and more for the rest.
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