From a recent article entitled “The End of Poverty” — Our Common Dignity, in Trends Magazine.
An interview with HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, and my friend.
Q: Is globalization making the world more or less equitable?
A: Sometimes I think that ‘globalization’ is a problematic term. We need to be more specific. So let’s take the market approach, if that’s what you’re talking about. It’s good at delivering growth, it’s good at stimulating rapid technological innovation.. But there are many things that the market does not do well by itself: preserving the rights and cultures of indigenous peoples, building social safety nets for people who fall outside the system and don’t profit from general economic growth, softening adjustment costs so that people don’t go out in the street to protest, which can lead to political turmoil. Health services for all, education for all, the environment – these are all issues that require good democratic governance. We need to focus on human dignity, on positive social mobility for everyone, especially for the worst-off groups in society. So when we talk about globalization, we need to be careful that we are clear about what we’re saying.
Bravo my friend, bravo….
The Crown Prince is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. He holds. A BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in development studies from the London School of Economics
Onward, with HOPE