FiveBooks Newsletter 14

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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought world leaders
together at a summit in New York last week. This is the [2]MDG FiveBooks
series of interviews coinciding with the summit, featuring Jeffrey Sachs,
Mia Farrow, Jonathan Porritt, Nick Kristof and more.

The MDG Goals are: End Poverty and Hunger, Universal Education, Gender
Equality, Child Health, Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Environmental
Sustainability, Global Partnership.

_[3]Jeffrey D Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals_
Monday, Sept 20
International economics guru Jeffrey Sachs chooses five books on ending
poverty and says sceptics searching for the source of his irrepressible
optimism  need only look at the massive progress made against AIDS and
malaria in the past decade.

_[4]Mia Farrow on Changing the World for Good_
Tuesday, September 21
The actress and humanitarian activist says that in any genocide three per
cent of us will run away and not want to kill, two per cent will stand up
and risk everything to help others, and the rest, 95 per cent of us, are
capable of being led or enticed to a tipping point where we can pick up a
machete and hack to death strangers and friends alike. ‘This is deeply,
deeply depressing,’ says Farrow. ‘But then I thought, two per cent is not
nothing. It is something to start with.’ Start with her at [5]

_[6]Nicholas Kristof on Helping People Out of Poverty_
Wednesday, September 22
The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist says conflict in poor
countries is contagious, but peacekeeping is pretty cheap compared to $100
billion – the average cost of a war in Africa. If one can spend $100 million
on peacekeepers and it reduces the chance of a $100 billion war, that’s a
pretty good investment.

_[7]Jonathon Porritt on Saving the world_
Thursday, September 23th
Co-founder of [8] says the US won’t be made to take
sustainability  more seriously by us lecturing them about their carbon
footprint. We need to tell them that if they don’t get going then China will
beat them into the ground on the new sustainable technologies.

_[9]Nicola Jones on Gender Equality_
Friday, September 24th
Overseas Development Institute’s Dr Nicola Jones points out that women
shoulder disproportionate burdens of time poverty. Women in Guatemala who
work outside the home spend, on average, 32 hours a week on house and care
work whereas men spend less than 15. This is a fairly typical pattern seen
all around the world. She chooses five books on gender equality.

_[10]Khurshid Alam on Natural Disasters_
Friday, September 24th
The expert in natural disaster says policy-makers regard death by military
means as more significant than death by a natural disaster, yet both involve
the same concept of human security. A vast amount of money is spent on
building  military capacity and the amount that is spent on preventing
disasters is peanuts in comparison. The state ought to protect the human
security of its citizens from both military attacks and natural disasters.

_[11]Richard Jolly on Children and the Millennium Development Goals_
Saturday, September 25th
The UN veteran chooses books on children and the Millennium Goals and says
giving money to the poor works. Smallpox was killing two million people a
year  until the mid 1960s. Yet eradication was achieved in 11 years at
remarkably little cost – $300 million in total, the cost at the time of
three fighter bombers.

_[12]Roger Thurow on Hunger_
Saturday, September 25th
Editor of the Chicago Council’s [13]Global Food for Thought blogchooses five
motivational books on poverty including the Bible. He says: ‘The Bible is
the scripture for Christianity, but hunger is an issue that is at the centre
and core of all faiths and denominations – feed the hungry is a central
command of all religions great and small. But the question is, if that’s the
case, and it is, how have we come into the 21st century with one billion
chronically hungry people?’

_[14]Mary Robinson on Climate Justice_
Sunday, September 26th
The President of Realizing Rights ([15] and founder of
the Foundation for Climate Justice ([16] says those who benefit
from emissions in the form of ongoing economic development and wealth have
an ethical obligation to share benefits with those who are today suffering
from the effects of these emissions, mainly vulnerable people in developing

This week: Don’t miss Tom de Waal on the Caucasus, Peter Snow on Military
History and Patricia Meyer Spacks on Jane Austen.

Have a great week.
Anna Blundy
Editor, FiveBooks

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