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The tendency to be pessimistic about the future of mankind right now and why. One of the greatest challenges presented by globalization. Future planetary stabilization and upon what it depends. Progress being made over the last 50 years. The shrinking of the Third World - measuring progress. Factors involved. Some illustrative statistics. A brief review of the Third World and the Human Development Index. Where the world's attention and assistance should be focused. Positive signs of hope and development in Africa. The relationship between poverty and the state of political development. Addressing root causes of poverty. Assessing the progress. The "vicious circle" and how to address it. Promoting democracy and economic growth. Continuing problems. Steps to be taken. The New Partnership for Africa's Development. Turning goals into reality. Following the NEPAD road map out of the third world. Looking forward to an ear without a Third World.