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Clare Short will be speaking at Oakfield
Clare Short will be speaking at Oakfield

Press Release - 17 February 2006

Free public lecture: Clare Short MP looks at the dangers of a divided world

Local people will have the opportunity to hear Clare Short MP speak on the dangers of an economically divided world in a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Thursday 23 February.

In her lecture, The dangers of a broken multilateral system in a bitterly divided work – how the UK could cease to be part of the problem and become part of the solution, Clare Short will look at the progress made since the 1980s to address world poverty and the role that the UK can play in countering the new risks that we face as a result.

“We are at a major turning point in human history,” said Clare Short. “For the first time ever we are capable of removing abject poverty, illiteracy and the diseases of poverty from the human condition. And thus we have seen massive economic growth and reduction of poverty in China and India over a very short period of time.”

The development of these two countries. Both which have a population of over 1 billion, has highlighted the unsustainability of our current way of life. Whilst we all deserve the same quality of life, the planet will not be able to cope with the potential global growth in consumerism.

“If we want our civilisation to survive we have to learn better to share our knowledge, technology and capital to make the world more equitable both between and within nations. And within such a world order we have to evolve a new way of living that looks for genuine sustainable development.”

Clare Short was Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to 2003. The Department for International Development was a new Ministry created after the 1997 general election to promote policies for sustainable development and the elimination of poverty. It manages Britain's programme of assistance to developing countries.

She entered the House of Commons in 1983 as the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood, which she has held since then, and is the area where she was born and grew up.

The lecture is part of the University of Bath’s public lecture series, in association with the Royal Society of Arts (SW Region). It will be held at 6.15pm Thursday 23 February in the Main Hall on the Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue. Free parking available in the West Car Park.

Admission to the lecture is free but space is limited and tickets can be obtained from Margaret Isaacs on 01793 328700; email

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