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Ending World Poverty

Is it economically and technically possible to eliminate absolute poverty in the 21st century?

Thames & Hudson and LSE will be holding a debate on Ending World Poverty on Wednesday 13 October 1999 at LSE to discuss this question.

The distinguished economist Robin Marris argues that, with a combination of development aid, rapid industrial growth in the Third World and intelligent management of the first world economy, the unacceptable gulf between rich and poor can be eliminated.

Another school of thought, posited by Professor Timothy Gorringe, believes that a spiralling, profit-driven system can only encourage greed and arrogance and that a global ethical transformation is required to bring about justice in its broadest sense - fair shares for all.

The panel will include: Professor Timothy Gorringe, Exeter University; Dr L Jayawardena, Sri Lankan High Commissioner; Dr Mary Kaldor, LSE; Professor Robin Marris, Birkbeck College; George Monbiot, The Guardian and Clare Short MP.   Will Hutton, Editor, The Observer, will chair the event.

The lecture, part of the LSE's Spanning the Centuries series, will take place in the Old Theatre, LSE, Houghton Street, London at 6.30pm.

All members of the audience are invited to attend the Reception following the debate.

This is a ticket only event, for a free ticket call Sadlers Wells box office, 0171 863 8222, quoting 'Ending Poverty'. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12pm-6pm.

Other enquiries call 0171 955 6043. If this event is not sold out, there will be admission on the night.


Note to Editors

Professor Robin Marris is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Birkbeck College and is the author of Ending Poverty. Timothy Gorringe is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Exeter, and author of Fair Shares: Ethics and the global economy. Both titles are in Thames & Hudson's challenging new series of books on the most important questions of our future, Prospects for Tomorrow, edited by Yorick Blumenfeld.

For review copies contact Diana Perkins, Thames and Hudson, on 020 7845 5017.

For any other information please contact LSE Press Office on 020 7955 7060.

5 October 1999