- Stephen Lewis
- Santa Rosa, CA
- United States
Can humans end world hunger?
According to http://www.un.org/geninfo/ir/index.asp?id=150
"The UN system spends some $15 billion a year, taking into account the United Nations, UN peacekeeping operations, the programmes and funds, and the specialized agencies, but excluding the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Around half of this amount comes from voluntary contributions from Member States, the rest from mandatory assessments on those States."
According to http://www.census.gov/population/www/popclockus.html
United States population is 312.8 million.
From this information I conclude:
15 billion divided by 312.8 million = just shy of 50 bucks per person from the US.
It seems that if the people (of the US alone) committed to 1000 dollars per year per person, equaling $312,800,000,000 (312 billion dollars), we should be able to do some good.
The problem is not that we cannot do this, the problem is we don't.
What do you think?