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Whereas many projects did not increase productive capacity enough to repay
the debts and the world’s poorer countries now owe over $2 trillion to
international lending agencies and to rich nations; Whereas these heavily
indebted countries have been further impoverished by debt service they must
continually pay to the World Bank, IMF, wealthy lending nations, and other
international lending institutions, which, in the poorest countries, exceeds
national expenditures on health care and education;
Whereas the amount needed in Africa for treatment and prevention of AIDS is
$15 billion per year, while interest on debt in Africa to international lending
agencies is $13 billion annually; Whereas the Structural Adjustment Programs
imposed on poor countries as conditions of their loans often include
requirements that they cut back on health care services and charge user fees for
health care andeducation;
Whereas major religious groups, including the Unitarian Universalist
Association Board of Trustees at its May 2000 meeting, Unitarian Universalists
for a Just Economic Community, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee,
supported the Jubilee 2000 coalition calling for cancellation of debt of the
poor nations; and Whereas Jubilee 2000 made a start, but much more burdensome
debt remains to be cancelled in the world's poorest nations;
Be it therefore resolved that the 2001 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association calls upon its member congregations and individual
Unitarian Universalists to:
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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