Islamabad : Pakistan | Nov 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM PST
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In an epoch when every known paradigm has been turned on its head, it may be worthwhile to spare a thought for the poor and deprived of this world. Take the phrase: "wiping out poverty from the face of the Earth", that has become the stosk slogan in multilateral forums. Over the past few years, UN Special Summit Conferences - held with customary fanfare - have taken the pledge to accomplish this noble objective. Multilateral diplomatists have wined and dined in exotic locations in between expressions of profound concer for the deprived of the world. All to what end?

The singular tragedy is that the 'paper solutions' thrown up at these Conferences have gone the way of of all similar pious platitudes. Multilateral talks on economic issues invariably end up with similar platitudes, only for them to be ruthly sacrificed at the altar of expediency.

It is a sad state of affairs when rich States - after having made solemn promises in international forums to 'eradicate poverty', actually go on to take economic measures expressly directed towards undermining the economies of poor nations around the globe. The overall impact of such measures on the international economic scene amounts to a net transfer of scarce resources from the Third World to to tthe developed world, rather than vice versa as logic would dictate.

The problem of hunger and deprivation in various parts of the globe is still nowhere nrear an equitable resolution. What is evident even for the man in the street to see is the fact that rich States are markedly reluctant to make even a token sacrifice to live up to their high sounding precepts expounded in multilateral economic forums.

The United Nations Organization badly needs to wake up from its slumber and face up to the realities. The World Body appears to have re-discovered the wonderful benefits of a 'virtual frenetic activity', while practically doing nothing. Having taken pains to spread the gospel of world peace - all to little effect - the UN could perhaps make a bid to redeem its lost reputation by doing something for the world's poor. Failing this, how about calling off the charade of Global Economic Conferences and utilizing the moneys thus saved to subsidize the poor for a change?

kbinwakeel is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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