De-stigmatising Poverty

"... poverty is a denial of human 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."-- Kofi Annan.

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Should pigeons be considered symbol of Peace?

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Comment by Jan Hall on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm
Renee, thank you for applying your energy to create this group. Participating in the development of understanding, and action growing out of that understanding, is the vision which brought me here.
Poverty of attitude and poverty of circumstance, ...two different problems. Rúach I am motivated this morning (it's 7:18 AM here in Oregon, USA) by your thought "We can all talk about eradicating poverty, but as long as we cling to the things we surround ourselves with as perceived necessities, then we continue the cycle." I certainly will re-examine my acquisition behaviors.

The following quote is from the statement to the 49th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from the International Baha’i Community
Agenda item 7: Question of the realization in all countries of the economic, social and cultural rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and study of special problems which the developing countries face in their efforts to achieve these human rights, including: problems related to the right to enjoy an adequate standard of living; foreign debt, economic adjustment policies and their effects on the full enjoyment of human rights and, in particular, on the implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development

Geneva, Switzerland
12 February 1993
"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that everyone is entitled to a standard of living adequate to provide for the health and well-being of oneself and one's family. Moreover, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenants recognize that freedom from fear and want can be achieved only if everyone enjoys economic, social and cultural rights, in addition to civil and political rights. In this light, the Bahá'í International Community would like to offer a few thoughts about human rights and extreme poverty.

The increasing disparity between the rich and the poor is a major destabilizing influence in the world. It produces or exacerbates regional and national conflicts, environmental degradation, crime and violence, and the increasing use of illicit drugs. These consequences of extreme poverty affect all individuals and nations. Increasingly we are becoming aware that we are all members of a single human family. In a family the suffering of any member is felt by all, and until that suffering is alleviated, no member of the family can be fully happy or at ease. Few are able to look at starvation and extreme poverty without feeling a sense of failure.

The Bahá'í approach to the problem of extreme poverty is based on the belief that economic problems can be solved only through the application of spiritual principles. This approach suggests that to adjust the economic relationships of society, man's character must first be transformed. Until the actions of humankind promote justice above the satisfaction of greed and readjusts the world's economies accordingly, the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to widen, and the dream of sustainable economic growth, peace, and prosperity must remain elusive. Sensitizing mankind to the vital role of spirituality in solving economic problems including the realization of universal equitable access to wealth and opportunity will, we are convinced, create a new impetus for change.

A new economic order can be founded only on an unshakable conviction of the oneness of mankind. Discussions aimed at solving problems related to extreme poverty based on the premise that we are one human family rapidly expand beyond the current vocabulary of economics. They demand a wider context, one which anticipates the emergence of a global system of relationships resting on the principles of equity and justice..."
Comment by Farouk Mukhallalati on October 15, 2008 at 5:11am
Dear Renee ,

Thank you for inviting me to this group. You are always thinking of others .I am sure you will have many people to join you to discus this global vital issue .
Best wishes
Comment by Sivan Barak on October 15, 2008 at 4:43am
yesterday i was driving around in my car feeling life is difficult
every one has personal issues...mine were a bit too much....
as i was feeling this i heard a pensioner talk on the radio..he is 71...lives on very little, a small governmet pension and he is a proud man so he tells no one of his struggles...he said he he so little money that he only eats a meal every second day!!! i felt so sick
australia is a rich country with welfare and so much affluence and still there is terrible poverty...
it definetly changed my attitude to my "small problems"
i wish there is was something more i could do..
thanks for raising this issue

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