Like my country, India, Brazil is developing rapidly. The young people we met insisted that this growth must be sustainable – not only in terms of environmental impact of development, but also its social impact.
They shared our concerns about the growing gap between rich and poor. I strongly reject the idea that poverty is inevitable: to me, poverty is violence that is happening with society's consent.
In Brazil, India and elsewhere – we need to bridge this gap between the haves and the have-nots. We must recognise that our actions directly impact others, and take personal responsibility for the inequality we see.
In the spirit of Ubuntu – the philosophy of interconnectedness, and the reason I joined The Elders – we will continue to strive to make this vision a reality.
I wish you all the best,