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At the present time, greater than ever sooner than, a risk to at least one is a possibility to all. Threats to foreign peace and protection cross a long way past aggression by way of States and comprise poverty, lethal infectious affliction, environmental degradation, civil battle, guns of mass destruction, terrorism and transnational equipped crime. This document by way of sixteen of the world’s so much skilled leaders, commissioned by means of the United international locations Secretary-General, places ahead a daring new imaginative and prescient of collective protection that stresses the necessity for potent, equitable motion in combating and responding to all significant threats to foreign peace and safety.

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Since 1990, while developing countries’ per capita income has increased an average of 3 per cent annually, the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased in some regions by more than 100 million people. In at least 54 countries, average per capita income has declined over the same period. Every year, almost 11 million children die from preventable diseases and more than half a million women die during pregnancy or childbirth. Increasing poverty is accompanied by an increase in global inequality and income inequality in many poor countries.

Stopping the proliferation of such weapons - and their potential use, by either State or non-State actors - must remain an urgent priority for collective security. 108. The threat posed by nuclear proliferation - the spread of nuclear weapons among States - arises in two ways. The first and most immediate concern is that some countries, under cover of their current Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons membership, will covertly and illegally develop full-scale weapons programmes, or that - acting within the letter but perhaps not the spirit of the Treaty - they will acquire all the materials and expertise needed for weapons programmes with the option of withdrawing from the Treaty at the point when they are ready to proceed with weaponization.

Current trends indicate persistent and possibly worsening food insecurity in many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Population growth in the developing world and increased per capita consumption in the industrialized world have led to greater demand for scarce resources. The loss of arable land, water scarcity, overfishing, deforestation and the alteration of ecosystems pose daunting challenges for sustainable development. 9 billion in 2050, with nearly all of that growth occurring in the countries least equipped to absorb it.

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