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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