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Overcoming Poverty

 

"We affirm God's option for the poor

 

The poor are the exploited and oppressed. Their poverty is not accidental. It is very often a result of deliberate policies which result in the constantly increasing accumulation of wealth and power in the hands of a few. The existence of poverty is a scandal and a crime. It is blasphemy to say that it is the will of God. Jesus came that we should have "life in all its fullness" (John 10:10). In his death and resurrection, Christ exposed and thereby conquered the powers that deny the poor their right to abundant life (Luke 4:16-21). God shows a preferential option for the poor. "The glory of God is reflected in the poor person fully alive" (Archbishop Romero). In the cries of the poor we hear the challenging voice of God.

 

Those whom society treats as "the least" are described by Jesus as his sisters and brothers (Matthew 25:31-46). While we support the need for diaconal services and urgent response to emergencies, we recognize in our time that the needs of "the least" can only be met by fundamentally transforming the world economy through structural change. Charity and aid projects alone cannot meet the needs and protect the dignity of the world's poorest billion people of whom women and children are the majority. The solution to the debt crisis can only be found through a just, equitable world economic order and not in palliative measures like the re-scheduling of debts.

 

We affirm God's preferential option for the poor and state that as Christians our duty is to embrace God's action in the struggles of the poor in the liberation of us all.

We will resist all forces, policies and institutions which create and perpetuate poverty or accept it as inevitable and ineradicable.

 

We commit ourselves to be allies of those organizations and efforts which are dedicated to achieving the eradication of exploitation and oppression."

 

World Convocation on Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation Seoul 1990, Affirmation II

 

 

See more in the "House of Studies":

2.1.1

General remarks

2.1.2

Democracy and development

2.1.2.1

The United Nations - basic element of the international system

2.1.2.1.1

Main organs

2.1.2.1.2

Research institutions

2.1.2.1.3

Special agencies

2.1.2.1.4

Problems and perspectives

2.1.3

Justice, development and the limits of resources

4.1.3.8

Just economic order

Secular efforts to overcome poverty:

World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen 1995:

Eradicating Poverty

UN-server on Copenhagen 1995:

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/wssd/index.html

 

UN

2001 Report on the World Social Situation

Introduction and overview

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/rwss/overview.html

 

 

Structural issues are worldwide tackled by the NGO Attac

http://www.attac.org/indexen/index.html

A recommended NGO

monitoring implementation of the world governments' commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve gender equity is

Social Watch (Uruguay)

http://www.socwatch.org.uy/

You can find here the following Social Watch country reports for:

Albania
Angola
Argentina
Bahrain

Bangladesh
Bolivia
Brazil

Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia

Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Denmark

Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
European Union
France
Germany
Ghana

Guatemala
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iraq

Israel
Italy
Japan

Jordania
Kazakstan
Kenya
Korea

Lebanon
Malaysia
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Nigeria

Norway
Palestina

Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Senegal
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname

Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand

Uganda
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam

Zambia

 

Churches in the USA

Christian churches in the USA join in the "Mobilization against Poverty", a collaborative venture of the National Council of Churches in the USA, its 36 member communions, their 140,000 congregations, regional ecumenical and interfaith organizations, and faith-inspired ministry partners

http://www.ncccusa.org/poverty/

 



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