Afterwards: Comment and Questions on:
Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity
It is important to create effective global partnerships
between developed and developing countries and NGOS
In reference to Ambassador Carlos E. Garcia Gonzales's (El Salvador) emphasis on the following:
There are no differences between "developed" and "undeveloped" countries in terms of "human rights and developments" as well as his question "Where does money spend?" or "what is mainly used for?”
The following might be a response to that:
1. Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (NUL) <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cWjV0HuIx8>, recently in a panel at the New School University stated that 1 in 4 of the US citizens rely on “food stamps” (about 75 million), while the US spends annually more than 800 billion dollars for most advanced weapons of destruction. [Another similar reference but not exact figure: Put another way, 20 percent of U.S. households are on food stamps. What could possibly go wrong? Oh My: More People Collecting Food Stamps in the United States Than Living in Spain?
2. With regard to funding - budget - alliance - cooperation
In general income and opportunities are shrinking for all of us regardless of being youth or older persons because of the US and developed countries’ internal and foreign policies, as well as transnational companies' interests in other countries.
1. In that context, what is our power and capacity as NGOs in order to seek an alliance founded on principles of cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships with the member states (as well as private sector) instead of competition?
2. There is not a childcare system that is implemented in the work place in the US. Without having a child care system, how can women, children and families be protected, empowered, and safe?
3. And what might be the mechanism to enforce the member states to cooperate in order to allocate military spending into development for reaching and elevating a social protection floor?
I couldn't get an opportunity to reflect above comment and questions during the Briefing. Thus, taking this is an opportunity; we are incorporating it with the highlights of the Briefing.
- Bircan Unver, Permanent Representative to the DPI of The Light Millennium.