With his back to the wall, the billionaire now owes the UN $ 6 billion

“One hundred people own half the wealth of the globe. Simple.” Quote Orelsan to open an article about the standoff between Elon Musk and the UN, Is it a good idea ? In any case, the quotation in question makes it possible to raise a thorny question which regularly animates family meals. Should the richest people donate a large portion of their money to such noble causes as world hunger? Elon Musk could do it very soon if he doesn’t want to lose face in the eyes of the world.

Elon Musk’s challenge to the UN

Like many rich men, Elon Musk is quite eccentric, a trait that tends to amuse some and annoy many. Not missing an opportunity to speak in an interview or on social networks, he does not hesitate to be playful. On Twitter, for example, he recently decided to sell part of his shares in Tesla after organizing a survey. At the end of last month, it was the UN he came to tease.

On the little blue bird social network, Elon Musk had challenged the United Nations to prove to him how six billion dollars could concretely help fight against the problem of hunger in the world. He also promised that if the WFP, a branch of the UN dedicated to food problems, answered him in a relevant way, he would pay him the sum in question by reselling Tesla shares. It all followed an interview in which David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), argued that 2% of the billionaire’s wealth could help solve the problem of hunger in the world.

If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.

October 31, 2021

Well imagine that the guy is back and intends to push Elon Musk to move from words to action.

On Twitter, the UN strikes back

Player, Musk may well have found an opponent his size. But it would be unhealthy to see a simple showdown between two big egos, where we are actually trying to offer a concrete solution to hunger in the world. The director of the PAM thus published a Twitter thread yesterday, in which he addressed himself in particular directly to the boss of Tesla and Space X.

Elon Musk, you asked for a clear plan and accounting transparency. Here they are ! We’re ready to discuss it with you – and anyone else – who is serious about saving lives. David Beasley

The world is on fire. I’ve been warning about the perfect storm brewing due to Covid, conflict, climate shocks & now, rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE. 45M lives are at stake—and increasing daily. If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict, destabilization & mass migration. pic.twitter.com/VotIZlEAGE

November 15, 2021

And since Elon Musk was asking for concrete figures, the WFP website indicates that $ 3.5 billion would be used to procure the food and deliver it, while $ 2 billion would be used in cash and vouchers. Another billion, finally, should be used for more administrative and logistical aspects. Knowing Elon Musk, there is little chance he will ignore the situation for long. It remains to be seen whether he will respond favorably to David Beasley.

Let us finish by recalling all the same that the some 6 billion dollars potentially paid by the richest man in the world would not make it possible to really put an end to the crisis of hunger in the world. On the other hand, according to the UN, this would save less than 42 million lives across 43 countries.


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