this is what was on the 13 mill. notes, that were spread all over Copenhagen.


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  1. The rights of children are the responsibility af the adults.
  2. Additional 850.000 children will die from AIDS, before the year 2010.
  3. Diarrea-diseases kill 3.000.000 children every year in spite of cheap treatments.
  4. Every year 1.000.000 children die from measles.
  5. Every year 3.000.000 children die from dehydration.
  6. Every year 3.000.000 children die from pneumonia.
  7. Every year 140.000 children become crippled due to polio.
  8. Every year 600.000 new born children die from tetanus.
  9. In Mali, every sixth woman dies during pregnancy, or associated with birthgiving.
  10. In Bangladesh, 50% af the newborn babies weigh under 2500g.
  11. The UN-convention gives every child the rights to survival, health and education.
  12. In Asia there are one million prostituted children.
  13. One of the greatest problems in the Third world countries is, that they are not able to sell their merchandise to the industrialized countries.
  14. People that flees from unreasonable conditions of life, are in the industrialized countries called "refugees of convenience".
  15. Usually the white people are rich, in both the rich and the poor parts of the world, while the poor are usually coloured.
  16. 13.000.000 children is twice as many people as the nazis killed in concentration camps. The germans claim they did not know about it. Today we see the tragedies on TV.
  17. In the industrialized countries, the military expenses correspond to the total income of 2 billion poor people.
  18. The total sum used by the military worldwide (18 Billion dollars), corresponds to the income of half the world population.
  19. 1 billion adults are illiterate.
  20. Approximately 200 million childrem work for the survival of themselves and their families.
  21. The richest fifth of the world owns 60 times as much as the poorest fifth.
  22. 20% of the world's population owns less than 2% of the world.
  23. 25% of the world's population do not have access to clean drinking water.
  24. 25% of the world's population own 83% of the world's income.
  25. 25% of the world's population (the industrialized countries), uses 75% of the world's metals.
  26. 25% of the world's population (the industrialized countries), uses 85% of the world's trees.
  27. 25% of the world's population (the industrialized countries),uses 60% of the world's food supplies.
  28. Each day 35.000 children die because of unreasonable conditions of life.
  29. In 1995 there are 18.9 million refugees in the world. In 1970 there were only 2.5 million.
  30. The most supreme income of the western world,the production of weapons, represents an amount of 900 billion dollars.
  31. The five permanent members of the UN's security council stands for 86% of all weapon exports.
  32. In Denmark, the energy consumption per person is 20 barrels of oil. In Mauretania the consumption is less than half a barrel.
  33. In Mozambique the average salary per month is 8 dollars (47 Dkr.)
  34. In Rio de Janeiro there are 1 million children living in the streets.
  35. October 1993 Denmark received 547 refugees. In one week, the same month, Tanzania recieved 214.000 refugees.
  36. 50% of the worlds poorest population lives in South-Asia.
  37. Less than 10% of the world's population participate in political, economical, social or cultural institutions that create their own lives.
  38. The world lacks 100 million women because of the selection of gender at the decision of abortion.
  39. In Brazil 4 children are murdered every day.
  40. 500.000 children are involved with the sex-tourism in Thailand, Sri-lanka and the Phillipins.
  41. The total weight of theese certificates is over 5 tons, and they have been printed on 10 pallets of paper.
  42. The thesis of charity is part of all religions of mankind.
  43. The cultures of the western world are based upon the basic principals of humanism: "Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood".
  44. In Europe the peasants are payed for NOT cultivating the soil, because of reserves of victuals.
  45. In 1995 there is produced less victuals per african, than in 1975.
  46. Many of the Third World countries' depth to the rich world is often congruent with the country's GNP per year. Interest and repayment absorbes all income.
  47. In countries without social securitynetwork, it is necessary to have a lot of children, to secure the survival of your family and yourself.
  48. Sometimes in the future it will be incomprehensible that the rich world, with so great knowledge about the enviroment, could continue to pollute the planet.
  49. Sometime in the future it will be unintelligible that the rich world, with developed communication-, transport- and organization-systems, could call itself humanitarian in a world marked by such a great social poverty.
  50. Is it ethical defensible and an impression of love to life, to ask the poor not to use contraception, when they do not have the opportunity to support their children.
  51. The 13 million children that die evrey year, would weigh over 26.000 tons.
  52. There are 60 different certificates of this type, each showing different drawings. Every certificate is printed in 216.000 pieces.
  53. 20% of the earth's population is responsible for 80% of the enviromental pollution.
  54. It would cause global enviromental collapse, if the Third World succeeded in the maintenance of the same social structure, as the rich countries have.
  55. Is it fair, from an ecological point of view, to deny the Third World economical and social development?
  56. A global economical ecological and social balance can not be established, without economical an consumerate sacrifices
  57. In all cultures and religions, the human life is associated with words as "sacred" and "inviolability".
  58. In this art-happening, the 13 mill. certificates symbolises the sum of children dying in 1995. The 750 childrenimages that are chained around Copenhagen, symbolises each child individually.
  59. The greatest impediment to carry out the UN-summit's visions in life, is the lack of economical ressources.
  60. This art-happening have had many problems raising sponsorships from concerns, because the concerns are only interested in sponsoring "positive" messages.

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1995: The Silent Death - a happening at the UN Social Summit, Copenhagen
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Categories: 1995: The Silent Death - a happening at the UN Social Summit, Copenhagen | Happenings and Art Installations
Sculptures: UN Happening
Type: Documents
Dates: March 1995
Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
Co-operators and Helpers: Kulturministeriet | Københavns Kommune | UN Social Summit
Partners: Krakagården | Kulturfabrikken | Social Forum
Sponsors: 1. Majfonden | BUPL | Dansk Socialrådgiverforening | DSB | Ergoterapeut foreningen | Fredsfonden | Funch Fonden | Fællesklubben KUC | Galleri Asbæk | IBM | K-Salat | KAD og SID's Medie og Kulturfond | Lille Skolernes Landsforbund | Lysgaard Fonden | Odense Litograferne ApS | Pædagogisk Medhjælper Forbund | Scenetjenesten og Erhvervstræningsskolen i Odense | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund / National Federation of Social Educators | Svanholm Gods | Sømændenes Forbund | Søren Gericke | Team-Teateret | Ulla og Sofus Christophersen