Global Debt Relief
The 2011 U.N. report about The State of Food Insecurity in the World "highlights the differential impacts that the world food crisis of 2006-08 had on different countries, with the poorest being most affected." It also focuses on the "costs of food price volitility, as well as the dangers and opportunities presented by high food prices." This report is part of an ongoing series about global hunger issues, the underlying causes of malnutrition and hunger, and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The AIDS epidemic, particularly in Africa, compounds the hunger crisis. Figures show that approximately 70 percent of cases worldwide are in Africa. As AIDs increasingly becomes a woman's disease in sub-Saharan Africa, millions of children have been orphaned.
AIDS campaigners estimate that billions and billions of dollars are needed annually to curb the AIDS epidemic in Africa alone. At the came time, billions and billions of dollars flow out of Africa in debt service each year.
The Progress of Nations 2000 reports how children bear the burdens of poverty caused by debt: "Made virtually invisible by the deepest poverty, not registered at birth and thus denied official acknowledgement of their name and nationality and the protection of their rights they endure in profound obscurity." The report specifically refers to HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) countries. UNICEF's report, The State of the World's Children: Children in an Urban World, "examines the situation of children growing up in urban settings and finds that denials of children's riights to survival, health, nutrition, education, and protection are widespread."
There continues to be international leadership of and worldwide support for ongoing efforts to cancel the debts of highly-indebted countries. Groups and individuals, once focused on Jubilee Year 2000 debt relief, evolved at the turn of the new millennium when total debt relief had not been achieved; they are challenging the policies of key players in the debt crisis -- the World Bank and the IMF. With the involvement of millions of ordinary people, Jubilee campaigns have taken important steps forward. Following are a few examples:
With a global food crisis and rising fuel costs, a dramatic push for debt relief is needed. Actions include:
Gratitude to Jubilee USA Network