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The End of Poverty: How we can make it happen in our lifetime.

The End of Poverty

How we can make it happen in our lifetime

By Jeffrey Sachs

[pounds sterling]20 Allen Lane

ISBN 0-713-99800-8

Currently around 30,000 people around the world die because they are too poor to stay alive--the equivalent of a South Asia tsunami a week.

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In 2000, every UN member state signed up to the Millennium Declaration--which included a commitment to halve the number of people living on less than a dollar a day by 2015 and to confront the scourges of hunger and disease that ravage the impoverished world.

In his groundbreaking new book, economist Jeffrey Sachs unravels why such an enormous gulf exists between the world's rich and poor in the first place, and crucially what we can do to help break the poverty trap of the poorest countries in the world.

Guiding the reader through a fascinating journey of over 20 years' experience working with heads of state, finance and health ministers and scientists in more than 100 countries around the world and now special advisor to the UN's Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Sachs argues that the opportunity to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and to eradicate it completely by 2025 is well within our generation's grasp.

Drawing on stories of individuals encountered during his own work combating poverty in Bolivia, Poland, China as well as Africa, Sachs radically combines economic, political, environmental and public health disciplines to offer and explain real and practical solutions to the reader.

Whilst recognising that governments and international bodies are pivotal in ending the poverty trap, Sachs also explains how we as individuals in the developed world have a fundamental role to play in the the process.

With the launch of the Commisssion for Africa report last April, and the UN General Assembly's review of the progress towards MDGs in September, the issue of global poverty looks set to dominate the headlines this year with Sachs and his ideas, as set out in this book, at the heart of the debate.
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