Talking 'bout Globalisation

What do you think about globalisation? Can it bring greater prosperity for us all, even the poorest on our planet? Or is it a threat to our very survival? The Government is committed to promoting a debate in the UK on these issues. The Department for International Development has organised eleven "Development Policy Forums", including one in Manchester on Tuesday 28 May 2002.

The focus is on globalisation and its potential to reduce world poverty. In particular, can it help to achieve the International Development Targets? These targets, which over 140 governments have committed themselves to, call for the proportion of people living in extreme poverty to be halved by 2015 and for associated improvements, for example better access to health care and 100% primary school enrolment. Three key issues will be the focus of the forum.

Environment and Development

People in developed countries consume more per head than people in developing countries. But it is poor countries that are most likely to be the victims of environmental disasters. Should we aim to protect the environment for its own sake? Or is it more important to use the environment sustainably? And what can be done to help countries build environmental planning into their policy-making?

Trade and Development

Trade is one of the most contested issues within the globalisation debate. There is no doubt that in the last few decades, the developing countries that have grown fastest have done so by increasing their exports. What conclusions should we draw from this? How can we do more to reduce our barriers to trade with the poorest countries? What impact does increased trade have on the poorest people? And how can we ensure that the WTO makes rules that are fair for rich and poor alike?

Investment and Development

More and more money is now invested in poor countries, increasing from £25 billion in 1990 to £137 billion in 1998. But does this investment benefit poor people? Or does it lead to increased child labour and worse health and safety conditions? And how can we achieve business that is not only profitable but also socially responsible?

To have your say, book a place today!

Manchester Development Education Project (0161 445 2495, depman@gn.apc.org)


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