Honor as Due

“Welcome to the United Nations. It’s your world,” reads the top banner.

Thank you very much, but I’ll stick to the part that belongs to me, while – also – doing my modest share in trying to persuade other people to please not make a mess of the rest of the world.

This is an important reflection to make when noticing the – indeed faboulus – neews that many parts of the so called Millennium Goals, set in the year 2000, aiming at some sort of deadline three years from now, have been accomplished in the past years. The overall poverty and starvation levels in the world have decreased by approximately 50 percent.

Hooray to that, and good luck with the remaining 50 percent.

Remember however that there is what you see and what you don’t see. The figures from China and India (both with huge populations), naturally dominate the statistics. One the world’s largest democracy, the other still a scary dictatorship, with a certain amount of free market reforms. What has taken place is that trade, and technological development has increased; the only known antidote for poverty. Please don’t try to convince me that the words from a rostrum in New York or Geneva has got anything to do with it.

These rostrums are costly, and sometimes even more so in Bonn and Rio, when people are trying to make things even worse for the remaining 50 percent by spending billions on hindering energy extraction and use, which is essential to any development.

If the UN has a mission, it might be to try to create peace, at this moment most urgently in Syria. Previous endeavours however have not always been that successful.


About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.