The struggle against inequality in each domain of sustainable development should be the thread of the new think-action framework, says Belgian minister of development cooperation Jean-Pascal Labille. The challenge of the poverty goes for beyond surviving. Dignified work, including universal social protection and access to natural resources and their sustainable management are key conditions for equality and justice.
Opinion of Bieze:
Those countries with lots of poor people are in fact very rich in way of raw materials and energy , the common goods, but those lie mostly in the hand of few people. There is a problem in division of power. The power of certain players should be restricted for example by shorten the expire date of patents of very cheap medicines.
Worldwide four giant lithium mines are known. Three of them are in the hand of multinationals who can attract the best scientists, so small companies are powerless and can barely compete because of the lack of knowledge.
The problem of equality often lies in the politics of the international market speculation. An example is food which is traded on the market through speculation. History shows that this model will fail sooner or later, look at Greece, Spain and Italy. The inequity has to be faced to obtain for example fair trade.
Belgium will always focus on fragile countries because those governments rely on it. This developing cooperation plays an important part in the struggle against inequality, in financing global collective goods and maintaining peace and stability in the world.
Thus these partnerships should be maintained despite the reduction of budget. To find new financial sources, the minister recommends that ‘tobintaks’ or auction incomes of CO2 emission permits are used to finance the climate policy in developing countries, in particular regarding the adaptation policy in the least developed and fragile countries.
Let me know what you think about Bieze’s opinion and Mr Labille’s proposal.