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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
MARTIN LUTHER KING, American Baptist ministry, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

The richest get richer, the poorest get poorer. Currently there is something like 5 billion people living with less than US$2 a day. As a consequence, millions of people around the world have no access to basic goods such as education, health care, food and water access... Poverty is a global issue that also concerns developed countries. Are you enough informed about global development politics? How much do you know about human rights?

This section provides you a series of simulation games or tests aiming to develop your critical thinking about these major issues. We propose you to question yourself about your life (at least the time of a simulation game!). Remember: the future of the world depends on us all taking it personally! It is about time to roll-up your sleeves and start working for change!
  • For those who feel ready to change their life, we suggest to take 10 minutes and play the hunger simulation game [www.hungerbanquet.org]. The game invites you to step into a world where access to food and other resources are often scarce. What would you do, for example, if you were a little South American coffee producer having to deal with decreasing international coffee prices and with a family to feed? Take a seat at the hunger banquet table, and assume the role of a person from a developing nation. B
  • A major crisis has developed in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Sheylan. We’re sending in a new team to step up the World Food Programme’s presence there and help feed millions of hungry people. It's up to you to save and rebuild the island of Sheylan. Or Play the Food Force game [www.food-force.com], learn about food aid, and help us create a world without hunger… B
  • US-focused independent journalism website, “Counter Punch”, offers a regular update newsletter to people who like to develop a critical approach to politics, economics and social aspects of contemporary society. A Social Justice true or false quiz [www.counterpunch.org/quigley02112005.html ] is a quite provocative, but full of accredited information game that will help you to improve your awareness and knowledge about social justice in the developed world. A
  • NetAid, a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to fight global poverty, has created, following the Millennium Development Goals* main principles, the multiple choice Globalization Quiz [www.netaid.org/flash/public_radio_quiz.swf]. Test your knowledge about MDGs and how globalization can impacts the world’s poor.
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  • Ecotown is an interactive program in the EcoLogic exhibition and playable on this site. It demonstrates the use of sustainability indicators at a community level. A sustainable indicator provides information on how far a community is from its goal of sustainable development. Discussion is needed over what the community really values. Macromedia Flash 5 plug in is required. [www.powerhousemuseum.com/education/ecologic/games.htm] B
* Concerning this issue, go at “Get on Target with the Millennium Development Goals” [http://youthink.worldbank.org/gallery/mdggame], an information tool provided by Youthink!, a World Bank Group website where to find information about global issues that matter to young people today. The 8 MDGs are described and explained: click on an image to find out more about each goal.
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