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Welcome to the Bristol Make Poverty History web site.
Every single day, 30,000 people die as a result of
extreme poverty. That’s one every 3 seconds – a Tsunami
every 10 days.
Yet this poverty is preventable. It’s all down
to political will.
World leaders already know about the problems, and
they’ve already made concrete promises to sort them out. They’re
called the Millennium Development Goals (the
MDGs). These are 8 specific targets, and one of them is to halve
global poverty by 2015.
But these millennium goals are way behind schedule.
Meanwhile 30,000 people continue to die every day. They can’t
The leaders of 8 rich country governments have the
power to get these goals back on track, to end this preventable
poverty. They're known as the G8. The UK is one of them.
In July this year, the G8 met in Scotland. And 225,000
Make Poverty History campaigners came to Edinburgh days before they
met, demanding justice for the world's poorest people.
In the end the G8 chose not to do all that MPH campaigners
wanted. But they did take important steps. In the communique they
issued at the end of the summit, there were positive announcements
on debt cancellation, increased aid, and HIV/AIDS - but little progress
on reform of unjust trade rules or climate change.
So if real change is to be made this year, the G8
must go a lot further by working with other world leaders at upcoming
international meetings. But they’ll only do that if enough
people tell them to.
And that’s where you come in. Please
join us in Bristol and millions around the world. Tell
the G8 to make poverty history in 2005!