An Assault on Poverty: Basic Human Needs, Science and Technology

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This publication is a compilation of the more important findings of an intersessional United Nations exercise headed by its Panel on Technology for Basic Needs, which conducted an in-depth study of the use of science and technology (S&T) for small-scale economic activities to address the basic needs of low-income populations. Basic needs are defined as the minimal requirements to sustain life (nutrition, health care, water, and sanitary facilities) as well as access to education and information that enable individuals and communities to be productive and to make rational use of the available basic goods and services. The publication offers analyses of poverty eradication and the role of S&T with respect to sustainable human development, technical and vocational education, health, and small-scale economic activity, among other issues.
  

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Page 305 - UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNDP United Nations Development Programme UNEP United Nations Environment Programme UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNFPA United Nations Fund for Population Activities UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund...
Page 221 - Vienna in 1993, the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994...
Page 5 - Nations and its organs, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations...
Page 72 - Sustainable development is development that not only generates economic growth, but distributes its benefits equitably; that regenerates the environment rather than destroying it; that empowers people rather than marginalising them. It is development that gives priority to the poor, enlarging their choices and opportunities and providing for their participation in decisions that affect their lives.
Page 165 - Whereas the International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and on Civil and Political Rights...
Page 293 - ... the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development held in Vienna in August 1979.
Page 129 - Between 1960 and 1991, the share of world income for the richest 20 percent of the global population rose from 70 percent to 85 percent.
Page 208 - UNAIDS is a co-sponsored programme that brings together the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the...
Page 64 - a fifth of the developing world's population goes hungry every night, a quarter lacks access to even a basic necessity like safe drinking water, and a third lives in a state of abject poverty at such a margin of human existence that words simply fail to describe it...
Page 132 - Environmental strains that transcend national borders are already beginning to break down the sacred boundaries of national sovereignty, previously rendered porous by the information and communication revolutions and the instantaneous global movement of financial capital.

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