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in our own self-interest

In 1976, Shridath S. Ramphal, who was the Commonwealth Secretary-General of Guyana, wrote:

Each element of our current concerns–energy, population, the environment, food supply–confirms the interrelatedness of the human condition and the planetary convergence of our national destinies. It is not now so much the moral perception that we are our brother’s keeper, but the practical reality that each brother is our keeper. National self-interest demands an international restructuring that acknowledges the reality of our human condition.

Now, 33 years later, his words are even more true than when they were first penned. We will never end hunger until we understand and accept that we are one global community. Achieving a world without hunger requires nothing less.

Achieving genuine community will demand more of us than any other endeavor, but  it is surely worth the struggle. Our future depends on it.