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U.N. Report Cites U.S. and Japan as the 'Least Generous Donors'
New York Times ^ | September 8, 2005 | CELIA W. DUGGER

Posted on 09/07/2005 7:49:56 PM PDT by RWR8189

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 7 - A week before world leaders gather here to set a course for combating global poverty, a United Nations report released on Wednesday names the United States and Japan as among "the least generous donors" and says American and European trade policies are hypocritical and contribute to impoverishing African farmers.

The report also highlights shortcomings in developing countries. It notes that India's and China's progress in reducing the easily preventable deaths of children has slowed even as their economic growth has surged. India has 2.5 million deaths of children a year, while China is second, with 730,000.

The new document, the annual Human Development Report, calls on India and China to tackle health inequalities aggressively. It also maintains that rich countries must significantly increase aid if the goals they agreed to five years ago - to halve extreme poverty and reduce deaths of children by two-thirds by 2015, among others - are to be met.

The report was unusual for the United Nations in so specifically describing the deficiencies of rich countries' policies. It was commissioned by the United Nations Development Program and written by a team of experts led by Kevin Watkins, former director of research for the charity Oxfam.

While crediting the United States with being the world's largest donor, the report points out that among the world's richest countries, America is second to last in aid as a portion of its national income, with Italy bringing up the rear. Japan was third from the bottom. Aid per capita from donors ranges from more than $200 in Sweden to $51 in the United States and $37 in Italy.

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So if we contribute so little, we might as well contribute nothing, since our contributation is so small it probably won't make a difference anyway...
1 posted on 09/07/2005 7:49:57 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

works for me.


2 posted on 09/07/2005 7:51:23 PM PDT by 359Henrie
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To: RWR8189

I'm really f'ing sick of the UN


3 posted on 09/07/2005 7:52:02 PM PDT by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: RWR8189

I say let's become the least in dollar terms. Zero-ish sounds about right.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 7:52:08 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: 359Henrie

Another example of the psychosis known as the UN and the New York Times.
Get the Thorazine.


5 posted on 09/07/2005 7:52:36 PM PDT by Shady
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To: RWR8189

These corrupt thieves have some nerve to take anybody to task over anything. Set your own useless house in order, Koffee & Kriminals.


6 posted on 09/07/2005 7:55:15 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: RWR8189
Our country donates the fist of freedom. The UK and Australia (and hopefully soon the Japanese) provide a couple of the fingers, but what in the hell has Sweden done to spread liberty around the world? Oh, now I remember, they award an overly politicized "peace prize". If I remember correctly that fine humanitarian Yasser Arafat won it once.
7 posted on 09/07/2005 7:55:23 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: RWR8189
The UN can go suck an egg, Ask the victims of the Tsunami if we are not generous.

Now that the U.N. and Kofi Annan have been exposed for the crooks they are, expect these kind of stories at least three times a week

8 posted on 09/07/2005 7:56:11 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: RWR8189

They should be glad we contribute anything at all - especially since most of the cash ends up in the offshore bank accounts owned by the dictators and their cronies.


9 posted on 09/07/2005 7:56:23 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: RWR8189

What the HELL are those at the UN smoking? Name ONE country that gives more to the international community -both through the UN and outside the UN.


10 posted on 09/07/2005 7:57:21 PM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of Satan)
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To: RWR8189

Notice they are only talking about governmental aid. If you factor in private aid we are at the top.


11 posted on 09/07/2005 7:58:17 PM PDT by sharkhawk
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To: RWR8189

I think these UN studies only count government contributions. What individual citizens give are not even counted, if they were I think we would be near the top.


12 posted on 09/07/2005 7:58:28 PM PDT by hornetguy
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To: Sthitch

The West is the engine of the world, throwing off benefits to those who freely participate. You have to wonder about the mental state of someone who would write a screed like this one.


13 posted on 09/07/2005 7:58:37 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: TheBattman

The UN can use all that Iraqi Oil for Food Money they got.


14 posted on 09/07/2005 7:58:39 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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To: RWR8189

Go screw yourself, UN.

We pay in blood!


15 posted on 09/07/2005 7:58:53 PM PDT by ryan71 (Speak softly and carry a BIG STICK)
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To: RWR8189

Per capita spending.

USA Population 295,734,134 x $51 = $15,082,440,834.00

Sweden Population 9,001,774 X $200 = $1,800,354,800.00

Looks like Sweden needs to spend about $1,675 per capita to catch up with us. The slackers!


16 posted on 09/07/2005 8:00:05 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: RWR8189

Aw, the UN can go jump in Lake New Orleans. They are SO predictable.


17 posted on 09/07/2005 8:01:32 PM PDT by bboop (Refugees ... refugees ... refugees ... Come and get me, Jesse.)
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To: RWR8189
This is a huge distortion; religious and private giving from both these countries is huuuuuuuge.

They don't have governments that do everything for them.

18 posted on 09/07/2005 8:01:43 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: RWR8189


There is absolutely NO WAY to realistically spin the fact that the US is the most generous nation on the face of the planet. This does not make sense to anybody unless your last name is Kennedy or Clinton.


19 posted on 09/07/2005 8:01:57 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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To: RWR8189
Boy, you've got to hand it to those UN wankers ... they've sure got great timing. Bashing us because we give the least per capita and the least portion of our GNP, while acknowledging that we do give the biggest dollar figure. And right when we're in the middle of dealing with a natural disaster of biblical proportions. Those gals just endear themselves to us more each day!

I keep waiting for someone to do something about Oil-for-Food.

20 posted on 09/07/2005 8:03:03 PM PDT by GenXFreedomFighter (We smirked our way back for a second term!)
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To: RWR8189

It's like complaining that your wealthy uncle who bought you a house could have bought you a better one.


21 posted on 09/07/2005 8:03:52 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: GenXFreedomFighter

All that report tells me is that we overspend by $51 a person.


22 posted on 09/07/2005 8:05:39 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: RWR8189

Kudos to the people who brought you; The OIL for food scam.


23 posted on 09/07/2005 8:07:57 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: RWR8189

They do not count private donations or military spending or.....whatever makes us look bad. We contribute more than anyone in the world per capita by far than anyone else.


24 posted on 09/07/2005 8:10:33 PM PDT by microgood
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To: microgood

So the UN position is that although it is documented that they are too incompetent and corrupt to deal with finances as evidenced by the oil for food scandal, we need to send MORE money?


25 posted on 09/07/2005 8:14:05 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: Welsh Rabbit
It's like complaining that your wealthy uncle who bought you a house could have bought you a better one.

I just need a maid, and a cook, and a gardener, and a pool boy, and... stingy uncle.

26 posted on 09/07/2005 8:17:25 PM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas (Freeper amom will be reporting live from BRLA)
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To: RWR8189
The numbers used by the U.N. are intentionally deceptive...

It does NOT take into account American Blood and Treasure spent in U.N. sanctioned Military Actions.

Just to go back a very short time, to include:
1. Somalia, to feed the hungry.
2. Kuwait, to expel Iraq.
3. Kosovo, to save the Muslims.

Let us not overlook, that the current war in Iraq is to FINISH the 1st Gulf War against Iraq and to INFORCE U.N. Ultimatums...

These wars cost REAL MONEY -- and the feckless U.N. is STILL working against our success in Iraq......

Semper Fi
27 posted on 09/07/2005 8:19:46 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: RWR8189

Aw, the UN can go jump in Lake New Orleans. They are SO predictable.


28 posted on 09/07/2005 8:21:02 PM PDT by bboop (Refugees ... refugees ... refugees ... Come and get me, Jesse.)
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To: RWR8189

Stop paying our dues again. Kick them out and send them all to Paris where they can whine with other wankers.


29 posted on 09/07/2005 8:21:02 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Do you know Landru, Brother?)
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To: RWR8189
While crediting the United States with being the world's largest donor, the report points out...

Hope Laura Ingraham catches this BUT MONKEY!!!


30 posted on 09/07/2005 8:23:00 PM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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To: RWR8189
Of course the UN doesn't count peacekeeping and relief missions as "aid."

For example, the dollar value of the US military mission during the tsunami was enormous, but that's not, quote unquote, aid.

I really, really hate these people.

31 posted on 09/07/2005 8:24:44 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: ryan71

No kidding, we pay in blood. UN sucks.


32 posted on 09/07/2005 8:27:05 PM PDT by bboop (Refugees ... refugees ... refugees ... Come and get me, Jesse.)
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To: RWR8189

Aw, the UN can go jump in Lake New Orleans. They are SO predictable.


33 posted on 09/07/2005 8:28:27 PM PDT by bboop (Refugees ... refugees ... refugees ... Come and get me, Jesse.)
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To: Rosemont
So the UN position is that although it is documented that they are too incompetent and corrupt to deal with finances as evidenced by the oil for food scandal, we need to send MORE money?

Yep. Maybe Kofi has a daughter that needs a new Mercedes as well.
34 posted on 09/07/2005 8:30:28 PM PDT by microgood
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To: RWR8189
While crediting the United States with being the world's largest donor, the report points out that among the world's richest countries, America is second to last in aid as a portion of its national income, with Italy bringing up the rear.

What! This is an outrage! Why aren't we last??!!

Seriously though, I'd like to know how "aid" is measured. For instance, I wonder if Saddam's subsidy of $25,000 for the families of suicide bombers counts as "aid"? Or China's military aid to Pakistan?
35 posted on 09/07/2005 8:36:02 PM PDT by Antoninus (Dominus Iesus, miserere nobis.)
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To: RWR8189
These jerks always count only aid given through the governments.

They are so set on socialist thinking that they cannot even fathom that Americans, who ARE the most generous, would donate on their own.

I am really sick of hearing this lie repeated all the time.

36 posted on 09/07/2005 8:38:23 PM PDT by ExitPurgamentum
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To: RWR8189
A week before world leaders gather here to set a course for combating global poverty, a United Nations report released on Wednesday names the United States and Japan as among "the least generous donors" and says American and European trade policies are hypocritical and contribute to impoverishing African farmers.

Because we cut off their bribe money?

Maybe Kofi Annan can cough up some of that billion dollars his son received in bribes from Saddam.

37 posted on 09/07/2005 8:43:39 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: RWR8189

God, I wish we would remove the UN from American soil. send them to sweden or something...


38 posted on 09/07/2005 8:46:51 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: RWR8189

Good idea. And after getting into the laudable custom of not giving, we'd be able to shame everyone else into enhanced giving by proclaiming that this year we've tripled our donations vs. the previous year, and challenging others to do the same.


39 posted on 09/07/2005 10:03:37 PM PDT by GSlob
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China is second, with 730,000.

I wonder how many children actually make it to "birth" in China.

With state-sponsored and sometimes even coerced abortion, it's survival of the fittest. Wrong gender? slight defect? second pregnancy? Abort. Abort. Abort.

40 posted on 09/07/2005 10:19:36 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

"Because we cut off their bribe money?"

Exactly, they are all pissed they can't give themselves 1000% raises off the misery of the former, starving Iraqis.


41 posted on 09/07/2005 11:20:40 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Maybe we should cut our UN dues to free up some much needed capital to donate with.


42 posted on 09/08/2005 2:32:17 AM PDT by America's Resolve (I've just become a 'single issue voter' for 06 and 08. My issue is illegal immigration!)
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To: RWR8189
Get US Out of the UN Now!
The u.n. can F.O.A.D.!!!
They have no redeeming qualities.
It's leadership is nothing but
Satan spawn.
"The voices in my head tell me to go and clean my guns,
and sharpen up on blue helmet targets".
43 posted on 09/08/2005 5:24:18 AM PDT by Issaquahking
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To: RWR8189
They picked the wrong time to print this.

This is not going to go over well with the American people, who have already donated $500 million to Hurricane Katrina aid.

Add to the mix this:"While crediting the United States with being the world's largest donor,..." and the UN comes off (once again) as a greedy self serving parasite.

44 posted on 09/08/2005 5:29:22 AM PDT by airborne
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Americans are the most generous people on earth. This report only looks at GOVERNMENT donations - you know, the kind where the GOVERNMENT takes your money and gives it away to someone else. OF COURSE! socialist countries are better at that!

BUT, look at voluntary contributions...

 

U.S. Charitable Contributions Top $240 Billion in 2003

Contributions top $240 Billion in 2003, estimated value of volunteer time an additional $266.4 billion

The following statistics on charitable contributions in the United States derive from non-U.S. government sources:

U.S. Charitable Contributions by Source of Contributions in 2003

(in billions)

Source

Amount Contributed

Percent

Total

$240.72

100.0%

Individuals

$179.36

 74.5%

Foundations

$ 26.30

 10.9%

Bequests

$ 21.60

  9.0%

Corporations

$ 13.46

  5.6%

Note: All figures are rounded. Total may not be 100%.

Source: AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy/Giving USA 2004.

To put the total amount contributed of $240.72 billion in perspective, this represents approximately 2.2 percent of U.S. GDP.

U.S. Charitable Contributions by Type of Recipient Organization in 2003

(in billions)

Type of Organization

Amount Contributed

Percent

Total

$240.72

100.0%

Religion

$ 86.39

 35.9%

Education

$ 31.59

 13.1%

Unallocated giving

$ 24.03

 10.0%

Foundations

$ 21.44

  8.9%

Health

$ 20.89

  8.7%

Human Services

$ 18.89

  7.8%

Arts, culture, humanities

$ 13.11

  5.4%

Public-society benefit

$ 12.13

  5.0%

Environment/animals

$  6.95

  2.9%

International affairs

$  5.30

  2.2%

Note: All figures are rounded. Total may not be 100%.

Source: AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy/Giving USA 2004.

According to the Statistical Abstract of the United States 2002:

Percent of population doing volunteer work (2000): 44.0%

Average hours volunteered per month: 15.1

The NGO Independent Sector estimated the total dollar value of volunteer time in 2003 at $266.4 billion.

If charitable gifts were added to the value of volunteer work, the total value of private U.S. charitable giving would amount to $507.12 billion.

The United States is also currently the world's largest contributor of official development assistance (ODA), providing $15.8 billion in 2003, or 23 percent out of the world total of $68.5 billion. U.S. ODA increased 16.9 percent in real terms in 2003, while EU ODA increased 2.2 percent in real terms. (Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)


45 posted on 09/08/2005 5:59:22 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Don't miss that is 507 BILLION PLUS the measley 15 BILLION the government took from us to give away. And those figures are 3 years old. Add in our contribution to world peace, Tsunami relief, hurricane relief, the blood of our soldiers, well, you get the picture. And that 507 BILLION is given voluntarily - unlike the socialist countries.
46 posted on 09/08/2005 6:05:15 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: RWR8189

What b.s.

Only going by GDP. Do the suckers that will believe this have any idea what math is?

Those countries at the top probably have a tax rate of 60-50%. That means the government has more of the pie when it comes to their own GDP. The rest is simple math.

This "study", which probably cost millions, had already come to a conclusion even before the money was being wasted away on this crap.


47 posted on 09/08/2005 6:08:18 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Anyone who votes for Democrats after Aug. 28, 2005 are just plain ignorant.)
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To: RWR8189

The UN is only a minor portion of America's contributions to charity around the world-and the most corrupt, I might add. Oil for food for instance.

Our charity money would get better results if we omitted the UN altogether.


48 posted on 09/08/2005 6:13:27 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If it can't be used to destroy Bush or save a Dem's sorry ass-what good is it. ?"asks the MSM.")
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