Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Scott Hall, #212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
Beyond 2015: Targeting Institutional Human Rights Violations
Thomas Pogge, Yale University
Thomas Pogge is one of the world's most prominent and controversial thinkers on world poverty, human rights, and global health. His 2002 book, World Poverty and Human Rights, offers proposals on how to achieve global economic equality. In 2008, he co-authored The Health Impact Fund, which lays out a plan to make life-saving medicines accessible for everyone. Pogge is currently the Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University.
In this talk, Pogge discusses what he calls the "farce" of the Millennium Development Goals. He argues that we need to replace detached "goals" with an agreed division of responsibilities assigned to specific agents. Leading governments must commit to reforming the supranational institutional arrangements that have kept the poorer half in deprivation: protectionism, monopolies on seeds and medicines, tax havens, and national resource, pollution and borrowing privileges.