This years Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) states that "the number of people with incomes of less than $1 a day increased by almost 100 million to 1.3 billion between '87 and '93 - and the number appears to be still growing."
Although poverty has fallen in the past 50 years more than in the previous 500, a quarter of the world's people remain in severe poverty. "In a global economy of US$25 trillion, this is a scandal - reflecting shameful inequalities and inexcusable failures of national and international policy." Children, the aged and particularly women are disproportionately poor.
Neoliberal policies make it possible that the profits of transnational co-operations increase when simultaneously state budgets decrease. Subsequently education is under the thread of being privatised or commercialised to the disadvantage of the majority of people.
Therefore the HDR calls for a pro-poor growth where "Education for all" is a key priority which "needs to be achieved soon, not postponed for another generation".
This was and still is the key demand of the IUS being always part and parcel of this process.
Knowing that many unions undertook concrete actions and campaigns in their respective countries to mark the 17th November, we will be happy to receive your reports.