From Global Inequity towards a Humane World

Thursday, 24. October 2002 | 9:00 Uhr


Klaus M. Leisinger


Novartis and Syngenta Foundation, Basel, Switzerland


“In the past 50 years, greater success has been achieved in the fight against poverty than in all of the previous 500 years.”

Klaus Leising drew this -at first glance reassuring – conclusion in the fight against the inequalities in the world, but only to contrast this with the pathetic balance sheet of developmental policy.

Considering the fact that half of the population has to manage with a daily income of two dollars or less. And such a world – Leisinger did not allow any doubt about this – is “not acceptable”.

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