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According to Graça Machel, widow of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela, policymakers need to focus on sustainable development in order to address the consequences of increasing poverty. Additionally, without adequate and concrete measures, military conflicts will significantly increase.

A letter to Cameron signed also by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the rock star Bono, the Nobel peace prize WINNER Muhammad Yunus, the billionaire entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim and the 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, has stressed that the prime minister should  take the lead on an international UN framework agreement on climate change in 2015. Thus, the prime minister should reinforce its policies in order to achieve a concrete agreement on new tighter UN millennium development goals.

Moreover, the letter focuses on the growing insecurity caused by unequal access to scarce natural resources. The letter highlights that these alarming issues could lead to tragic conflicts in many areas.

Furthermore, the letter calls for a global movement to foster development, climate and human rights campaigns. In line with this, a campaign called Action/2015, backed by hundreds of organizations from around the world such as Amnesty International and Save the Children, will be launched in January 2015.

The letter affirms that this global movement represents a turning point, inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela: “Like slavery, like apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome by the actions of human beings. Climate change too can and must be remedied by the actions of human beings.”

According to the authors of the letter, this global effort will represent a concrete opportunity for a significant change in order to empower citizens of the global south to demand and receive vital life-saving and life-changing health, education and infrastructure services from governments.


The gLAWcal Team


the team of University Institute for European Studies (IUSE), Turin, POREEN project

Friday, 18 July 2014

(source: The Guardian)