Extremes of wealth and poverty are focus of side event at Rio+20
While poverty eradication is widely acknowledged as a priority by the international community, the related challenge of extreme wealth is rarely discussed. The Baha'i International Community organized a panel to address the need for the elimination of the extremes of both wealth and poverty in the context of the green economy and sustainable development. Panelists included: Ms. Daniela Hiche, Representative of the Baha’i Community of Brazil, Mr. Farooq Ullah, Head of Policy and Advocacy at the Stakeholder Forum, Dr. Steven Stone, Chief of UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch, and Prof. Michael Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Participants discussed the relationship between extreme wealth and extreme poverty as well as the social, economic and moral dimensions of growing income inequality. Read the Baha'i International Community’s statement to Rio+20 (Portuguese version).