Food for a denunciatory thought
Human Rights Reader 385
THE BREAKAWAY WEALTH OF THE 1% IS PROOF THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A CRISIS OF SCARCITY, BUT A DEFICIT OF FAIRNESS AND OF HUMAN RIGHTS. (Ron Labonte)
With a few fast clicks of the mouse on a computer in a beautiful air-conditioned office, in a few seconds, a small number of persons can (and do) deprive several million human beings of the basis of their existence, their livelihood and their human rights. Accepting this as collateral damage is against all ethics; it is criminal. (Jean-Claude Juncker)
The powerful exploit enormous advantages
For those in power, the money they amass is never enough; with all the notoriety and success it can buy them, it also becomes the cause of their downfall… for having become too rich. (Leonardo Padura Fuentes)
1. The powerful can and do skillfully game the system quite systematically skewing the flow of resources towards those who already have much more than their fair share. (i) Obviously, this art of deception is not linked to a lack of trying, but to a lack of scruples. (F. Manes) In fact, every day, the macroeconomic figures deceptively made public have become the best way to hide social and human rights (HR) realities and are thus becoming less and less realistic. (Roberto Savio)
Let us face it: Economic theory is, by far, not the politically most relevant branch of science …and GDP does NOT reflect inequalities in society. As deplorable is the excessive ‘mathematization’ of economics since the 1970s. Assuming the neutrality of ‘rational’ economic mathematical models is not only gratuitous, but a fallacy.
(i): Our curse actually comes from Adam Smith who reasoned: “I am inherently self-interested --I am human”.
The World Health Assembly 2016, where “Nothing About Us Without Us” meets “Leave No One Behind.”
‘The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the WHO Executive Board.’ -WHO. This year, the WHA will be held from 23-28 May in Geneva.
A limited number of international NGOs, professional societies and foundations are allowed entrance to WHA to observe the decision-making, and only a handful are permitted to submit short statements before the meetings. These ‘insider’ organizations have little in common with the billions of folks around the world that depend on inadequate public health programs and often denied essential medicines and services. Without any system of accountable representation, we are voiceless.
The total lack of participation at the WHA of those most affected by the decisions and policies of the World Health Organization is not only unjust, it’s a denial of key human rights recognized in various UN instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights — the right to participate in decisions that affect you is integral to the rights to development and health among others. Although all of the UN agencies signed a ‘Common Understanding’ on the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in 2003, which puts meaningful participation of those most affected at the core of all policies and programming, the WHO has not done what it agreed to do. At the World Health Organization, most everything is about us, but is decided entirely without us.