1.en.7 Global Issues: International Solidarity

Last year in class we talked a lot about Global issues. Next Tuesday we are going to Caixafòrum to participate in a talk with Ignasi Carreras called Viure Solidàriament which is part of a series of talks called Trobades amb Compromís.

Look for information about him on the Internet and note down any information that you consider relevant.

What is his background: qualifications, job, others?

What do you think he is going to talk about?

International Solidarity

Read these two quotes:

In our interconnected world, the human family cannot enjoy security without development, cannot enjoy development without security, and cannot enjoy either without respect for human rights . . . to act on that understanding, we need a strong United Nations, and true solidarity among Governments and peoples working together to fulfil those goals.”

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

“In a world of common challenges, no nation can succeed on its own; but by working together in common cause, we can build a safer, more prosperous future for all. Solidarity must be the foundation for global solutions.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

What do you think about this? Do you agree with Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon?


The Headlines

Read these recent headlines.

What situation are they describing? Sit in groups and comment them.


Stop Poverty

How can we fight against poverty? Every year thousands of international volunteers collaborating with NGOs participate in campaigns and millions of dollars are donated and spent in aid programmes to stop poverty. Now, some people think that this might not be the best way to help people in need as it makes them dependable on international aid. Watch the following video showing a talk by Iqbal Quadir in which he advocates for a different approach.

Answer the following questions:

1. Who is Iqbal Quadir?        

2. Where is he from?                        

3. What was his job in the US?

4. Why has international aid failed, according to Mr. Quadir?                               

5. How can international aid be improved?

6. What is Mr. Quadir’s criticism towards the World Bank?

 7. How can we empower citizens?

8. What happened in Mr. Quadir’s country in 1979?   

9. Complete Mr. Quadir’s sentence: C…………………….. is P……………………… 

10.  What kind of weapon is the cell phone? 

11. Why people in poor countries don’t have cell phones?  

12. What kind of company did Mr. Quadir create?   

13. Who provided the technological expertise?

14. How many people benefit from the service the company provides?

15. Why does Mr. Quadir say that international aid has damaged poor people?

Copy the questions in your notebook and try to get the answers while you watch the video.


Slavery Footprint

Are you aware that your comsumption habits may contribute to human slavery?

It’s not easy to be a socially responsible consumer. Even if you buy mostly local products and diligently keep track of corporate environmental footprints, you may still be leaving a trail of slaves in your wake. After all, who do you think is digging up the minerals in your smartphone or picking the cotton for your T-shirts?

Watch the following video:

Now, click on the image below. It belongs to a website called Slavery Footprint. Use the application at home to look at your purchases and determine the amount of forced labour that’s gone into everything you own. The number may surprise you.

Bring the results to class.

Deadline Monday 29 October 2012   


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