TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Can humanitarianism help us solve the most
difficult problems facing our world? That's the question explored in "Hope in
the Balance," a two-part special airing on TVO's lecture series Big Ideas on
Saturday January 19 and Sunday January 20, 2008 at 4 pm.
The programs feature highlights from the "Hope in the Balance" forum held
in November 2007 at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall. The event
showcased an illustrious roster of writers, thinkers and activists who offered
their view on the possibilities for humanitarianism in the 21st century.
Part 1, airing Saturday at 4 pm, features Lieutenant-General Roméo
Dallaire, who led the peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in 1994; author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Marilyn McHarg, general director of the Canadian
section of Médecins sans frontières (MSF).
Part 2, airing Sunday at 4 pm, features Stephen Lewis, former UN special
envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; James Orbinski, professor and former president
of MSF; and journalist Stephanie Nolen.
With a particular focus on Africa, the speakers look at how NGOs, the
international community and governments can respond to human suffering. The
lecturers discuss the complexities of the AIDS pandemic, the lack of
affordable drugs and sufficient medical care, and the moral imperative of
responding to the crises of war, genocide and disease.
Lewis expresses skepticism about the world's ability to achieve the UN
Millennium Development Goals - which include cutting poverty and hunger rates
in half; providing universal primary education; increasing gender equality;
and halting the spread of AIDS and malaria. Dallaire, for his part, proposes a
multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to solving world conflicts and
emphasizes that human rights should extend to everyone, not only to those who
can afford it or can protect themselves. All speakers bear witness to the
struggles of those who have been failed by political and economic systems.
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