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General News    H2'ed 2/14/14

Debating Poverty Eradication At The United Nations: Why Does The Media Hate The Poor?

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While The UN was created in the name of the peoples of the world, it is the governments with all their rigidities, personalities and ideologies that effectively run the place with some autonomy left for UN officials and decisionmakers like the current man at the top, South Korea's Ban Ki Moon.

Nevertheless, an allowance has been made to give a platform to citizen's movements and Non-Government groups who used to meet in the basement or in the rarely utilized Trusteeship Council set up decades ago to speed decolonization.

They were always a sideshow,  but attracted activists with a calling to try to change the world.

Now, with the Headquarters undergoing an expensive renovation, in part to get rid of toxic asbestos that made it an unsafe workplace,  much of the action,including the small conference room in which I spoke, has moved to a temporary all white structure built on the grounds. Its satirical nickname: "Bantanamo."

I was invited to speak by an impressive lawyer, Nigerian born but UK trained, Ugoji Adanma Eze. We met a week earlier at a Bar Association talk I gave on Mandela and she liked my spunk or something, and invited me to take part. But then, when I sought to back out because of all the bureaucratic hassles involved in getting accreditation, she cut some red tape and escorted me in. Ugogji is a force of nature---and not to be crossed!

It was the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development. The focus of this side event was finding a "new paradigm for poverty eradication and environmental resource management."  How's that for heady title?

Unfortunately after two UN diplomats spoke at length, as well as a representative of the UN Environmental Program, there was no real time for me to deliver my hastily prepared but solidly documented treatise on the subject I assigned myself: "Why Does The Media  Hate The Poor?"

I had prepared some remarks that I thought might provoke debate by arguing for the importance of advocating for poverty alleviation in the Cultural Environment, not just the physical environment. And, I hoped to discuss how the media has, because of its indifference and self-importance, made  it harder for changemakers to attract the resources needed to fight poverty and promote sustainable development.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.
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