Distinguished Speaker Series
2006-10 Mr. Hugh Evans: Can you imagine the extreme poverty?
Poverty is always a pretty tough problem whenever we talk about the globalisation, sustainable development, or even just chat about the Doha Round logjam. Not only in Africa, but also in China, India, Vietnam, and many other Asian high developing countries, extreme poverty does exist despite their high economic growth. What is the substantial causality of poverty? How to eliminate or only alleviate it? Mr. Hugh Evans appeals more people to help the poor voluntarily and during the ten years with his oaktree foundation, he has helped some countries to set up a few primarily education bases. Dr. Sean Turnell prefers to encourage his apprentices to explore the way of microfinance in helping the poor. However due to those obvious reasons, such as local corruption and lack of property rights, to achieve a barely satisfying result still faces a long way.
2006-04 Dr. Helen Caldicott: Should nuclear be forbidden?
Nuclear power becomes a sensitive concept
recently, especially in the last three months.
Since no full agreements have achieved on North
Korea’s nuclear issue until now, and Iran’s
nuclear crisis again pushed people into
uncertainty on world’s peace and stability, thus
also pushed the crude oil price to the
historical peak. In a short time, people are
shocked to find that the daily life changed too
quickly to follow.
On April 3rd, Dr. Helen Caldicott in Olympic
Park again appealed that human beings should
stop using nuclear power, whatever how
reasonable the excuses look. As April 26th is
the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl Accident,
Ukraine, it is predictable that more and more
people may support Dr. Caldicott when having
learned this historical disaster.