United Nations Economist to Speak at WTAMU on Poverty

March 1, 2012

CONTACT:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@mail.wtamu.edu

United Nations Economist to Speak at WTAMU on Poverty

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University Department of Communication, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Canyon, invites all faculty, staff, students and community to a public forum on the challenges of ending global poverty.

Dr. Donald Lee, an expert on global poverty issues and a retired economist with the United Nations, will present “Ending Poverty: The United Nations and Millennium Development Goals,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Lee is visiting WTAMU through the United Nations-Rotary Outreach Programme. He is currently a member and chair-elect of the International Committee for Oct. 17, which promotes the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. He served as a senior development economist for 20 years with the United Nations in New York and Bangkok, Thailand. Before joining the U.N., Lee was deputy dean in the faculty of commerce at Deakin University in Australia. He has a Ph.D. in economics from University College London.

For more information, contact Dr. Butler Cain, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, at 806-651-2414 or bcain@wtamu.edu.



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Donald Lee
on 10.2.2012

Global poverty has fallen! Don't take my word for it, check with any international agency. We all agree that charity does not work as a long-term solution. Effective strategies call for assistance that provide poor people with the tools to change their lives! We can't blame poor people for the misguided policies of the past that put them into a state of dependence. And we can't abandon them. Clearly Newt and T care enough about poverty to post their comments. To them I say: Come on, join the fight against poverty and help us get it right! We need people like you!!

Newt Maybus
on 3.6.2012

Really?? We've spent over a trillion dollars on poverty since the LBJ administration and the only thing it's produced is more poor people! It's been proven time and time again - give a man a fish and he eats for a day - teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime! Stop GIVING people money and other things they don't respect. Employ them and they'll be more appreciative and less poor!!

on 3.3.2012

Poverty isn't going anywhere, and definitely isn't going anywhere as a result of the good will of others. Every anti-poverty program I've ever seen has hurt rather than helped impoverished people. There is no replacement for hard work and motivation (and sometimes a bit of luck).