Global Call to Action against Poverty: Aid, Debt and Trade

Published: 26 January 2005

At the start of the 21st century more than a billion people are trapped in abject poverty. We face an AIDS emergency, with 40 million people already infected by the disease. 104 million children don’t go to primary school, and 860 million adults (most of them women) cannot read or write. 1.4 billion people don’t have access to safe water. Hunger is still a daily reality for many and in parts of the world the death of mothers in childbirth, and children in infancy, is still routine - deaths that could be prevented by the availability of simple healthcare. This level of poverty represents a violation of human rights on a massive scale.