Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Senior UN Official Retracts Comment Calling Rich Nations "Stingy"
Jan Egleland backed off of his remark calling all rich nations stingy with regards to helping the tsunami relief effort. Funny, I don't remember this guy getting his panties in a wad when we saw no economic help from anybody when we were attacked on 9/11. Just to set the record straight on how much help we provide the rest of the world:
The United Nations urged rich nations a quarter of a century ago to give away 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product every year in the form of development aid.
To date, however, just a handful of European nations, most of them in Scandinavia, actually meet that goal.
The United States, the world's largest economy, contributes about 0.13 a year of its GDP to development aid. But that figure excludes aid to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as food aid, where the United States is the world's largest donor.
"We are busting our butts to help and comments like that don't reflect what we are doing," said a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity.