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Bristol's letter to the G8
Launched on 11 June
It’s really important to pressurise the UK
government on the key MPH issues. But’s it’s equally
important to target the other G8 leaders too.
To do this we’ve written a letter from Bristol
to the G8. This includes the same demand to end world poverty as
we’re making of the UK government. We’ll be sending
our letter to all the G8 leaders at key moments throughout the year.
We want to get as many Bristolians and friends of Bristol, both
here and abroad, to sign those letters, or send their own.
We’ll be copying our letters to our twin-town
colleagues in Bordeaux, Hannover, Beira and elsewhere. And to the
MPs and MEPs in those regions. And we’ll be linking up with
the MPH equivalents in other G8 countries.
Then a few months later, we’ll send another
letter to those G8 leaders, telling them how many more people have
signed “Bristol’s letter to the G8” since we last
wrote to them. And we’ll be asking them what they’ve
done to end world poverty since our last letter.
And so it will grow….
Here's our letter:
To the leaders of the
I’m writing to
you as a resident / friend of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
I’m writing because
I want you to stop the tragedy that sees 30,000 people in
the world’s poorest countries die every day from preventable
You are well aware of
the problems and have made concrete plans to overcome them
– the Millennium Development Goals. But these goals
are way behind schedule. To quote one example: the target
of eliminating avoidable infant deaths worldwide by 2015.
At present progress, this target will be reached in sub Saharan
Africa in 2165 – 150 years too late.
You can stop this daily
tragedy of 30,000 preventable deaths:
1. Cancel the unpayable
debts of the world’s poorest countries, by fair and
2. Commit to spending
0.7% of your country’s national income on aid to developing
3. Stop the scandal of
subsidies to farmers in the rich West, who then dump their
produce on developing countries at prices local farmers cannot
4. Ensure that developing
countries are not forced into trade liberalisation against
Please do this now.
30,000 people every day cannot afford delays.
....and here's who's signed so
If you’d like your name to be added to our
letter, send your details to us at G8@bristolmph.org.uk
Please include your name and something to identify
the part of the world you live in - we don't need your full address.
We'll be displaying the details you give us here
on the web site.
You can also download
the letter in petition format, and get others to sign it too!
And if you have time...
It would be great if you could send your own letter
to the G8 leaders too. You can download the above letter to personalise
The postal addresses of the G8 leaders are:
||Prime Minister / President
The Prime Minister
Rt Hon Tony Blair MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Monsieur le Président de la République
Palais de l'Elysée
55, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Willy-Brandt Str. 1
Presidenza del Consiglio dei ministri
Piazza Colonna 370
President of Russia
4, Staraya Square, Moscow, 103132
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
House of Commons
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Prime Minister's Office
|EU (which is invited to G8 meetings)
Jose Manuel Barroso
President of The European Commisssion
The European Commission
1049 Brussels (Belgium)