Not everything worthless to us is worthless to others

Published: 07 December 2010


Think for a while, what would you buy for one dollar? Probably not much. You can buy a pack of gum, doughnut, maybe a small cup of coffee. In Ghana $1 equals 2 and 1/3 bottles of palm oil, 4 and 1/3 bottles of coke, 1 and half pairs of rubber sandals, more than 4 rolls of toilet paper and even 87 tablets of penicilin. Would you be able to survive for just one dollar per day? Well, one-sixth of humanity haven't got any choice.

„A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic”. Can you disagree with this statement?

Repeatedly mentioned during the conference, Ghana and Vietnam are the star performers in efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals on cutting poverty. Just to remain, the Millennium Development Goals are a set of eight key objectives proposed by the United Nations for addressing the plight of Least Developed Countries. The goal is to achieve the MDGS by 2015. In sub-Saharan Africa, which remains the poorest region in the world, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty fell from 46.8% in 1990 to 41.1% in 2004. Ghana had reduced hunger by nearly three-quarters, from 34 percent to nine percent between 1990 and 2004 and what is optimistic, according to the last report, Ghana is on course to be the first African country to achieve the Millennium goal of halving rates of poverty and hunger by 2015. Ten others African countries also halved their poverty levels. But in other areas progress has been slower, sometimes even reversed. There is still a need to work.

Just five years left until the 2015 deadline and many experts and aid agencies remain sceptical if any of the aims will be met. Still more than one billion people throughout the world suffer from hunger. That incredible figure increased by 100 million due to the global financial crisis.

Why EDD?

People often ask why events like European Development Days are being organized. Some of them say that such meeting leads to nothing, that VIP's are just talking and it does not relate to the intended purpose. In my opinion the goal, apart from finding common tactic and aims, is to encourage ordinary people to become interested in the subject. Without media interest, they can talk and nobody would know about it. Also such conferences may put a pressure on some governments which are oppose to changes. If we want to change and improve our world we need the involvement of many people. Conference like this shows how many people is still in need of our help. We should remember: we are not statistics, we are unique human beings.