The world’s richest should pay to help the poorest – CBS17.com
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Mexican president warned Tuesday that the world is slipping from “civilization to barbarism,” calling on the 1000 richest people, the 1000 largest private companies and the 20 largest economies to kill the 750 million people improve who are now living less than $ 2 a day.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador told the UN Security Council that this proposal could raise around $ 1 billion annually to go directly to the world’s poorest people “without intermediaries, through a card or personalized electronic wallet”.
In a scathing speech before the most powerful body of the United Nations, the Mexican head of state sharply criticized the nations of the world for not dealing with corruption in all its forms – political, moral, economic, legal, tax and financial he called “the main problem of the planet”. “
López Obrador was only on his second trip abroad since taking office in December 2018 as Chairman of the Council, which Mexico serves for two years and which will hold the presidency this month. The country chose the theme of the meeting on Tuesday: “Maintaining International Peace and Security: Exclusion, Inequality and Conflict”.
As an example of exclusion and inequality, he cited the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, of which 94% pharmaceutical companies sold and only 6% went to the UN World Health Organization’s COVAX program for distribution to poor countries.
“The spirit of cooperation is losing ground to the pursuit of profit, and that leads us from civilization to barbarism,” warned López Obrador. “We move forward, alienated, forget moral principles and turn our backs on the pain of humanity.”
“If we cannot reverse these trends through concrete action, we will not be able to solve any of the other problems affecting the peoples of the world,” he said.
López Obrador said Mexico will propose “a world plan for brotherhood and well-being” to the UN General Assembly in the coming days to guarantee the right to a decent life for 750 million people who are trying on less than $ 2 a day to exist.
He said the proposal could be funded with money from three sources: an annual voluntary contribution of 4% of the income of the world’s 1,000 richest people, a similar contribution from 4% of the 1,000 largest private companies by market value, and 0.2% of the GDP of the nations in the group of the 20 largest economies in the world.
López Obrador, while listening to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, accused the United Nations of failing to help those at the bottom of the economic ladder, saying: “In the history of this organization nothing really significant has been done to help the poor.”
“But it’s never too late to see justice done,” he said. “It is time to take action against exclusion today, to deal with the causes and not just the consequences.”
Guterres, speaking to the council ahead of the Mexican president’s speech, said the COVID-19 pandemic had “exacerbated misery and inequalities” and pushed about 120 million more people into poverty, with millions around the world starving and starving and the world faced “the deepest global recession since World War II.”
“People in the richest countries are getting the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while only 5% of Africans are fully vaccinated,” he said. “Even before the pandemic, the world’s billionaires owned more than 60% of the world’s population – and that gap has widened enormously.”
The UN chief said the increasing inequality is a factor in increasing instability.
“Today we face the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945” and “a dangerous sense of impunity is spreading – as the recent violent seizures of power, including military coups, show,” he said.
“Human rights and the rule of law are under attack,” said Guterres. “From Afghanistan, where girls are once again denied training – and women their rightful place in society. To Myanmar, where minorities are targeted, brutalized and forced to flee. To Ethiopia, where a man-made humanitarian crisis unfolds before our eyes. “
The Secretary-General called for investing equally in the development of all people, for closer monitoring of growing inequalities to address grievances early on, including women in peace-building, and to ensure that national institutions represent all people. “That means judicial systems that apply equally to all people – not just the rich or those in power,” he said.