To Create 'Better World Than This,' New Alliance Targets Destructive Inequality

The goal? A total revamp of the economic system that sidelines the interests of the majority. The time? Now.

And the stakes couldn’t be higher.

At issue is the global inequality crisis that is “spiraling out of control,” an alliance of nine groups including Amnesty International, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Greenpeace, International Trade Union Confederation, and Oxfam says, as they issue a joint call for a “better world than this.”

The groups’ statement comes as over 2,500 members of the global elite gather in Davos, Switzerland for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forrum—an “invitation-only gathering,” as Nick Buxton of the Transnational Institute writes, that “is increasingly where global decisions are being taken and moreover is becoming the default form of global governance.”

Putting an end to historic levels of inequality, or “ending this great divide,” as the groups write, is at its core about the “struggles for a better world,” with the future of the planet, democratic rights, and the value of all sectors of students hanging in the balance.

Right now, though, “[t]he struggle to realize the human rights of the majority are continually undercut in the face of such disparities of wealth and power,” the statement reads.