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Live 8 Organizers Ignored the Impact of Militarism on Poverty PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 July 2005 05:24
Live 8 Organizers Ignored the Impact of Militarism on Poverty

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- Joan Russow, Global Compliance research Project: It was estimated by Live 8 that one child dies of preventable causes every 3 minutes or if extended would be 3,400 children die per day. Live 8 organizers could have mentioned that 2.7 billion (US) is spent per day directly on the military. (An intentional omission or just an oversight!) In1992, estimated costs per year for global social justice - approx 500 (US ) billion.
LIVE 8 ORGANIZERS IGNORED THE IMPACT OF MILITARISM ON POVERTY

Joan Russow
Global Compliance research Project

It was estimated by Live 8 that one child dies of preventable causes every 3 minutes or if extended would be 3,400 children die per day

Live 8 organizers could have mentioned that 2.7 billion (US) is spent per day directly on the military.(An intentional omission or just an oversight!) In1992, estimated costs per year for global social justice - approx 500 (US ) billion.

It is reported that Sir Geldof had instructed performers not to criticize Bush (presumably it was understood not to criticize other G8 leaders as well ).. Apart from Nelson Mandela and Bruce Cockburn [and to a certain extent Neil Young] who successfully and powerfully with integrity linked the military to the issue of global poverty., most of the performers neglected to address the issue of militarization. Bruce Cockburn also addressed the issue of the G8 governments propping up dictators.

After reading, Sir Geldof's admonition about criticizing Bush, I sent out an appeal to rally Live 8 to include the reallocating of the military budget.

Over the years estimates have been made about the costs of global social justice in terms of the military costs. How often has it was documented by civil society , that for the cost of x instrument of terror so many x issues could be addressed.

MEMBER STAT E STATE OF THE UN MAKE A COMMITMENT TO REALLOCATE MILITARY E3XPENSES, AND SOCIAL COSTS ARE ESTIMATED

In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, every member state of the United Nations [including the US] made a commitment to implement Agenda 21-- a document of 40 chapters addressing a wide range of issues related social justice, development and environment. In Chapter 33, every member state of the UN made a commitment to reallocate military expenses. the global military budget at that time was approximately 700 billion.

Also in Agenda 21, there was a rough estimate by the Conference Secretariat of how much the implementation of each chapter would cost per year.

ESTIMATE OF COSTS OF ADDRESSING GLOBAL ISSUES OF ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY

The total costs proposed by the conference Secretariat to implement the wide range of social and environmental issues was estimated at approximately 680 billion per year. [given that there was obviously overlap of the costs] probably a fair estimate would be about 500 (US) billion per year. The intention of delineating the proposed costs was essentially to spend this amount each year from 1992- to 1999 so that these issues would be seriously addressed by the year 2000.

BREAK-DOWN OF COSTS BY CHAPTER

The following is a chapter by chapter estimate by the Conference Secretariat of what would be the cost per year to act on the commitments: with the proviso "These are indicative and order of magnitude estimates only and have not been reviewed by governments."

CHAPTER 3 COMBATING POVERTY
45 BILLION


CHAPTER 5 DEMOGRAPHIC DYNAMICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
10.6 BILLION


CHAPTER 6 PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF HUMAN HEALTH 57.3 BILLION

Chapter 7 PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE HUMAN SETTLEMENT DEVELOPMENT
234 billion

7.6. Access to safe and healthy shelter is essential to a person's physical, psychological, social and economic well-being and should be a fundamental part of national and international action. The right to adequate housing as a basic human right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Despite this, it is estimated that at the present time, at least 1 billion people do not have access to safe and healthy shelter and that if appropriate action is not taken, this number will increase dramatically by the end of the century and beyond.


CHAPTER 8 INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENT AND
     DEVELOPMENT IN DECISION-MAKING 
     .06 billion


     CHAPTER 9 PROTECTION OF THE ATMOSPHERE 
     21.4 billion


     CHAPTER 10 INTEGRATED APPROACH TO THE PLANNING
     AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND RESOURCES .05


     CHAPTER 11 COMBATTING DEFORESTATION 
     37.68 BILLION


     CHAPTER 12 MANAGING FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS:COMBATING      DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT
     12 BILLION


     CHAPTER 13 SYSTEMS: SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN      DEVELOPMENT 
     14.9 BILLION


     CHAPTER 14 PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE      AND      RURAL DEVELOPMENT 
     36.42 BILLION


CHAPTER 15 CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 5.25 BILLION


CHAPTER 17 PROTECTION OF THE OCEANS, ALL KINDS OF

SEAS, INCLUDING ENCLOSED AND SEMI-ENCLOSED SEAS, AND COASTAL AREAS AND THE PROTECTION, RATIONAL USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR LIVING RESOURCES 13.78 BILLION


CHAPTER 18 PROTECTION OF THE QUALITY AND SUPPLY OF FRESHWATER RESOURCES: APPLICATION OF INTEGRATED APPROACHES TO THE DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT AND USE OF WATER RESOURCES
64.8 BILLION


CHAPTER 19
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INCLUDING PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN TOXIC AND DANGEROUS PRODUCTS .
030 BILLION


CHAPTER 20 ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTES INCLUDING PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN HAZARDOUS WASTES
22.5 BILLION


CHAPTER 21
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF
SOLID WASTES AND SEWAGE-RELATED ISSUES 53.8


CHAPTER 24
GLOBAL ACTION FOR WOMEN TOWARDS
SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT
04 BILLION


CHAPTER 25
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
1.5 BILLION


CHAPTER 26
RECOGNISING AND STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
AND THEIR COMMUNITIES
.003 BILLION


CHAPTER 28
LOCAL AUTHORITIES' INITIATIVES IN SUPPORT
.001 BILLION


CHAPTER 31 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNITY
.02 BILLION


CHAPTER 33 FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND MECHANISMS
ESTIMATE 600 BILLION +125 BILLION

SECTION INCLUDING REALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY EXPENSES

CHAPTER 34 TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND

TECHNOLOGY, COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
.6 BILLION


CHAPTER 35 SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
3.5 BILLION


CHAPTER 36 PROMOTING EDUCATION, PUBLIC AWARENESS AND TRAINING
17.2 BILLION


CHAPTER 37 NATIONAL MECHANISMS AND INTERNATIONAL
COOPERATION FOR CAPACITY-BUILDING
18.65 BILLION


CHAPTER 40
INFORMATION FOR DECISION-MAKING
1.9 BILLION

(For further details of the specific commitments made by all member states, see Agenda 21, at www.UN.org,)

In 1997,-- Rio +5 took place in New York. The purpose of this conference was to reassess the commitments made in 1992. At that conference the member states of the United Nations could agree on only one thing that they had failed to live up to their obligations and commitments.

Subsequently, in 2002 - at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, there was a conference held to "implement the commitments made in 1992". Rather than implement the international commitments, the US usually aided and abetted by Canada, Australia, Japan, succeeded in lobbying to undermine the commitments made in 1992.

"Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. (United Nations Conference and Development, 1992)"

CURRENTLY THE GLOBAL MILITARY BUDGET IS 1 TRILLION (US)

TIME TO TRANSLATE RHETORIC INTO ACTION, AND REALLOCATE THE MILITARY BUDGET FOR GLOBAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
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