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close this bookSustainable Energy News - No. 35 - November 2001 - Theme: Poverty & Energy (INFORSE, 2001, 18 p.)
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Global Marshall Plan

Global "Marshall Plan"
It does NOT cost too much.

The industrial nations should launch a global "Marshall Plan" to provide everyone on earth with a decent standard of living.

A 1998 report by the UNDP estimated the annual costs:
- $9 billion - to provide water and sanitation for all;
- $12 billion - to cover reproductive health for all women;
- $13 billion - to give basic health and nutrition for all;
- $6 billion - to provide basic education for all.

These sums are pale in comparison with the estimated $ 780 billion that is being spent on military by all nations.

George C. Marshall, June 5, 1947, said surveying the wrecked economies of Europe:

"possibilities of disturbances arising as a result of the desperation of the people concerned." There could be "no political stability and no assured peace" without economic security, and that U.S. policy was "directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos."