Mind Poisoners, Average, Per Capita…

Vural Çakır: “1% of the world population controls 82% of the world income generated during the year”

The World Becomes 8 Billion People in November!

So what does this mean for humanity and our planet?

Speaking at the event held by UNFPA Turkey, INGEV President Vural Çakır said:

“While the world population has increased by 1 billion in the last 11 years, the average per capita income has doubled. There is still a serious amount of resources that can be shared worldwide, and the production potential is high. We can be hopeful for our planet.”

“On the other hand, extreme poverty has increased so much in the past 20 years, 600 million people live in these conditions and face hunger. Wars and the pandemic have exacerbated this situation. Precariatization is another reality that is becoming more and more central to our lives.”

“We have a capacity that can generate income, although death rates have decreased a lot in the world, we cannot be happy with it, we cannot limit ourselves.”

“It is a fact that although the numbers are important, special attention should be paid to mind-poisoners. Terms like “per capita”, “average”, “total” confuse us. It is in these mind-poisoning concepts that we are rendering the reality of our planet invisible, that we should avoid.”

“Inequalities have somehow stayed the same or increased. While 1% of the world’s population has access to 82% of the world’s income generated during the year, 99% of the world’s population is trying to live on the remaining 18%.

“In per capita income, the most developed countries have 102 times more income than the least developed countries. We can fight inequalities only if equality of income distribution becomes a way of life for all institutions.”

What should we do?

We must increase the coordination between all institutions, namely international organizations, governments, NGOs.

We should measure progress towards SDGs by data management, which is the weakest aspect of SDG indicators.

We must understand the urgency of the situation.

We must constantly acquire data and move it beyond the average.

🔗 to watch the event: https://bit.ly/3J4mrPI

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