Currently two and a half million people live on less than two dollars a day, and more than a million of them do not dispose of even one dollar a day. Eight hundred million people go hungry and over a thousand million do not have access to water treatment facilities. While 20% of the world’s population controls 80% of global wealth, 50% have never made a telephone call. Three hundred thousand million dollars a year would be enough to move all the planet’s poor out of poverty while one thousand million dollars are spent on armies and weapons. The citizens of the rich countries are not even aware of these inequalities.
In light of the situation, the Committee on Globalisation and North-South Relations formed in 2005 with the goal of contributing to making the fight against inequalities and poverty a political priority worldwide. The group provides Catalan society with information about inequalities between North and South and applies political pressure in favour of policies aimed at correcting inequalities: more fairness in trade, cancellation of the external debt of poor countries, transparency, improvements in the quality and quantity of official aid to development.
Among the social movements that this situation has produced, the Committee was born with the intention of gradually defining the Justice and Peace’s position, as well as doing the organisation’s consciousness raising and political pressure work on these issues. Among the activities are