A Chance to Make History: Achieving a World Free of Poverty


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In two weeks, economic policymakers from around the world will gather in Washington, D.C., for the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings. As has been the case for the past five years, there will be much talk of economic crisis and of strategies to restore confidence, kick start growth, and create jobs. There is growing evidence that we are on the right track, but this agenda still requires much more work. 

The meetings, though, also offer an occasion to look beyond the short term crisis-fighting measures. It is a chance for leaders to adopt a long-term perspective and assess where we stand and where we are headed.


If they do, they will see that today we are at a moment of historic opportunity. For the end of absolute poverty, a dream which has enticed and driven humanity for centuries, is now within our grasp.


First published on CNN Viewpoint, April 4 2013. Read the full blog » 



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Dorota Retelska
April 12, 2013

Dear Sirs,

Please generalize Fairtrade standards to all producers of the poorest countries. They can help avoiding undernurishment, starvation, mistreatments of workers, women and children, deadly poisonings and destruction of ecosystems. Fairtrade ensures decent life conditions, human rights respects, education for children and sustainable development of agricultural land, with a very low end cost for the consumer for large scale production, and a huge gain for the producers.
Please help ending hunger, mistreatment of workers and give them a decent life and true development now,

Dorota Retelska, Ph.D, FAIR