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Make Poverty History campaign

Every three seconds a child dies as a result of poverty - image courtesy of the charity Excellent Development, a charity which helps build capacity in arid areas of Africa by teaching how to build dams for farming and drinking water provision.
Every three seconds a child dies as a result of poverty - image courtesy of the charity Excellent Development
This site does not usually get involved in campaigns, but we’ve decided to make an exception in order to promote the Make Poverty History campaign.

A small band has been added along the base of the front page of the Brookmans Park Newsletter, linking to the campaign site.

The Make Poverty History campaign involves more than 200 charities and organisations united by a common belief that 2005 offers an unprecedented opportunity for global change.

It’s estimated that every three seconds extreme poverty takes the life of a child.

Poverty is number one on the list of United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which 191 member states have pledged to meet by 2015. The eight goals are to:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger - click for details.
  2. Achieve universal primary education - click for details.
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women - click for details.
  4. Reduce child mortality - click for details.
  5. Improve maternal health - click for details.
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases - click for details.
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability - click for details.
  8. Develop a global partnership for development - click for details.
Last week Nelson Mandela spoke in London in support of the campaign and called on the audience to make poverty history.

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom," Mr Mandela said.

In July, the UK will be hosting the G8 summit with poverty in Africa the main topic for debate and, in September, the UN General Assembly reviews progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

You can discuss this issue and add your thoughts in this site’s forum.

6 February 2005

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