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A Starving World Will Never Be Safe, Says Brazil’s Lula at UN

In his speech at the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly in New York, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defended the idea that the world won’t be safe while there is misery. "Hunger feeds violence and fanaticism. A world with starving people will never be a safe place".

For the president, the quest for a new more democratic and just global order, which values social and economic development, will benefit most of all the rich countries. According to him, there will be peace only with shared development. "The rich countries shouldn’t deceive themselves. As strong as they are today, no one is safe in a world filled with injustices.

"War will never bring safety, war only generates monsters, bitterness, intolerance, fundamentalism,  destructive denial of current hegemonies. It is necessary to give the poor reasons to live, not to kill or to die," he stressed.

"We will only have security in the world when all are assured economic and social development. If we do not want to globalize war we need to globalize justice".

The president stated that there are about 840 million people suffering hunger in the world, the equivalent to almost one in every seven inhabitants . According to him, we will need US$ 50 billion more every year to reach the millennium development goals, as defined by the United Nations, for the year 2015. "The international community can do that," said Lula.

He argued that the problem could have been solved with less money than it was already spent on projects like the integration of East European to the European Union and on conflicts and wars. "With much less, we could change the sad reality of a good portion of the world population, we could alleviate the suffering of these people and remove them from indigence".

The president pressed home the need that the international community give effective priority to the actions to fight hunger and poverty. And once again stated that setting aside resources for the social area is not expenditure but investment.

According to Lula, there was improvement in this area since the 2004 world leaders’ summit meeting, when there was a "strong mobilization" around the theme. He highlighted the adoption of innovative mechanisms, as the solidary contribution on international air tickets and the creation of an international central for the purchase of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria drugs.



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  • ch.c.

    ….the PCC is part of the Lula strategy by using them in his favor, secretely through the PT party !

    Hopefully, the Brazilian military forces, will also make a coup similar to Thailand !

    Just look at the reason they did so : due to corruption !

    And Thaskin, Thailand PM, did far less illegal activities than Lula……the crook !

    The Brazilian citizens deserve a much better government, policies, justice, fiscal reforms, tougher anti corruption laws.

  • Jaded ex-pat

    I can no longer take this manˢ۪s philosophy seriously. Reducing poverty should be a global mission, but Lula, whose typical esoteric and redundant harking at these UN openings, has done little to nothing in his own country. If anything, his empty words are galvanized by his empty deeds.

    Lula could feed the Brazilian population indefinitely, if he were to eliminate corruption, get off his ass and tackle land reform, educate his population beyond being able to cite futebol stats, address fundamental bureaucratic problems in the nation, and make it easier for honest business folk to run their companies legitimately. Lula has failed to do all of the above. So, to stand their in front of the nations of the world and throw out these socialistic platitudes, while running wild with the wolves in his own country away from the eyeˢ۪s of the world is appalling.

    For him to say that violence would be reduced by eliminating hunger is another apocryphal rant for the bigoted ignoramus. Violence in Brazil is allowed to thrive because of a À¢€œkey stone copsÀ¢€Â mentality to policing, and an even more sinister and corrupt renegade of incompetent and easily greased judges. The poor are not to blame. Saying so, takes what little self respect they have away and highlights your own prejudices. Your average thug in Brazil is greedy, heartless, and usually, NOT poor. Or maybe you donÀ¢€™t know what the average monthly dues are for the PCC?

  • ch.c.

    His stupid statement : “setting aside resources for the social area is not expenditure but investment.”

    Thus why does Brazil provide so little for both the social area AND investment ??????

    On a total government budget, Brazil provides very little to social areas and investments when compared only to the other developing countries.

    Lula just promise…..but dont deliver his promises.
    Lula says to others how things should be done…..but is unwilling to do them in his own country.

    Simple demonstration that Lula is only a crook, a liar and a clown !

  • ch.c.

    He definitely should more.
    Brazil has the world highest poverty rate when compared to their GDP per capita.
    And Brazil is one of the worst country in this planet for wealth inequality-

    Clearly that means there should be far less poverty.
    But always asking the “others” to give, the above facts show that you should do much better in your own country….before asking help outside.
    If richer nations give more, where do that money will go ? 80 % to the already wealthy and corrupt government and politicians such as Lula and his gang of criminals ?
    We have already done so for several decades. What have you done with all these billions and billions of US$ ????? Just look at where you stand…..money went elswhere than it was supposed to.
    Also Brazil has one of the highest tax rate in this world. What do your government do with these huige amount of money ? Education ? No ! To the poors ? Very very little.
    Far more than 50 % of your federal government budget goes to pay your 2 millions civil servants salarie and pensions.
    Just reduce your number of civil servants to an average comparable to other developing countries.
    There will be billions and billions of US$ freed for the poorest citizens of Brazil.
    Aslo just reduce your corruptions and only for Brazil, there will be at least US$ 10 billions available for your poorest citizens.
    Just your corruption money stolen would allow to double Your Bolsa Familia !

    And finally how stupid and unfair you are by exporting US$ 45 billions annually of agricultural products……..instead of feeding first your tens of millions of citizens citizens under nourrished or in hunger.

    Brazil is a shame to humanity.
    All your politicians (Lula the first) should go on trial at the Hague Tribunal and be found guilty of crime against humanity !!!!!!

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