Make Poverty History 2005
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Here are just some of the people in Bristol and the South West who supported Make Poverty History:

Faith Communities
Campaign Groups
Community Groups
Public Figures
Trade Unions


David Drew, MP Stroud
“I am pleased and proud to sign up to the Make Poverty History campaign. This puts third world development and in particular debt relief at the centre of the politics of the developed world, and make sure that we all now sign up to an agenda that the defeat of poverty, with all the wrongs that this entails should be one of our prime motivations. I hope that this campaign will feature in the run-up to the General Election and subsequent to it making sure that the new Government is called to account, so that actions will speak louder than words.”

Don Foster, MP Bath
“We shouldn’t be here again…poverty should already be history. 2005 must be the year to grasp opportunities; to make trade truly fair, not just simply free; to make a final demand on addressing global debt and to make a serious commitment to help poorer countries to help themselves.”

Adrian Sanders, MP Torbay
"What we do next year will determine whether future historians look back on 2005 as the year when the world came to its senses and made poverty history."

Gary Streeter, MP SW Devon
“I am delighted to support the Make Poverty History campaign. When citizens, governments and NGOs all work together there is no limit to the impact that we can have. Those living in abject poverty deserve our best shot - may 2005 be the year that many lives are changed permanently for the better.”

Steve Webb, MP Northavon
“2005 is the ideal opportunity to bring together the world's richest nations to tackle one of the world's biggest problems - global poverty. Concerted action is needed on aid, trade and debt, and the world's leaders need to know that their public demand nothing less.”

Nick Harvey, MP North Devon
“Make Poverty History could not be timely, but it must be viewed by all of us as urgent. This really is a last chance for the developed world to wake up to the terrible suffering in other countries, and share our unprecedented wealth with them. Even the most modest changes on our part could go such a long way.”

Brian Cotter, MP Weston-super-Mare
“Having long been concerned about the issue of inequality in the world, I am delighted to support Make Poverty History. The very words say it all: this campaign has real credibility. With this unprecedented and unique collaboration of organisations and people working together, I believe the voice of the disadvantaged will be heard.”

Julia Drown, MP Swindon South
“Millions of lives depend on this campaign. 30,000 people die each day because of poverty. We must create a political climate in which it is impossible for this tragedy to continue. Our campaign is backed by the Government and by Dawn French, Kirsty McCall and Bono. Together we can Make Poverty History.”

Roger Berry, MP Kingswood
“World poverty, which results in 30,000 children dying needlessly each day, brings shame on us all. I therefore strongly support the Make Poverty History coalition. The UK government has much to be proud of, including dramatic increases in aid and debt relief. But much more still needs to be done.”

Andrew George, MP St Ives
“There is enough wealth in the world for everyone to be free from want and poverty. We all know what has to be done. But putting aside self-interest and greed has never been easy for any political process.”



Glyn Ford, MEP South West
“I am delighted to support Oxfam in their new campaign to make poverty history. It is important that the West makes a significant contribution to helping alleviate world poverty rather than leave the poor to help the poor. The introduction of a capital tax, like the Tobin tax, would enable basic health, education and clean water supplies for all those people in the world living in poverty.”

Graham Watson, MEP South West
“The Make History Poverty Campaign offers us a unique opportunity to raise the profile of poverty and social inequality on political agendas the world over. With the UK hosting the G8 and EU summits in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami there is no better time to work together to deliver greater debt relief and increased prosperity for developing countries. Poverty and debt ultimately stem from trade tariffs which only serve to prohibit effective resolution to the fundamental problems.

I fully share the concerns raised by Make Poverty History and give my full support to making 2005 a year in which the international community delivers trade justice, drops the debt and provides the aid necessary to indeed make poverty history.”



Kwame Kwei-Armah, star of BBC's Casualty, Celebrity Fame Academy and a writer for the National Theatre

"I'm passionate about putting fairer trade rules at the top of the international agenda. That's why I travelled to Senegal for myself to see how unfair trade laws affect people there, as well as lobbying the Prime Minister at last year's Labour Party Conference. If people in a city of the size of Bristol start addressing the issue of Trade Justice, together we can start to make a real noise about what's going on in some of the world's poorest countries."



Dr. Eric Herring, University of Bristol
“Oxfam is a very effective force for social justice in the world today. Its ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign is based on well thought out analysis of trade, debt and aid. Its practical, effective recommendations can and should be implemented immediately.”

Professor David Gordon, Townsend Centre for International Poverty, Bristol
“Ending poverty in the twenty-first century would be the most important achievement in human history.”

Professor Tariq Modood, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol
“This is the moment to act to reverse the growing gap between the world's rich and poor. This is about humanity, justice and a building of a more cooperative and peaceful world. Joined-up action on fair trade, debt and aid is the best way forward.”

Professor Geoff Wood, University of Bath
“Well-being is a human right, and we are all shamed when it is denied. 2005 should be an auspicious year for the UK government to contribute to poverty eradication with the key G8 and EU levers to hand. Failure to use them effectively to reduce debt, to remove unfair protection to rich country producers, and to make globalisation work for the economically excluded should be punished at the next General Election. These are also the best strategies for world peace and security.”

Dr Susan Johnson, University of Bath
“Markets don't work the way dominant economic theory says they do. Ending poverty means ending the ability of the powerful to set and manipulate the rules. This campaign demonstrates that ordinary people around the world know this and want to put it right - their politicians should take heed and make it a reality.”

Professor Ted Wragg, University of Exeter
“’Helping people help themselves’ is an aspiration that is not only laudable, but the best way forward in the medium and long term. I am happy to support this programme, because Oxfam has a track record of successful and non-patronising action that works with people, not over the top of them.”

Professor Paul Dunne, University of the West of England
“While increasing acceptance of the need to deal with crippling developing country debt provides a real opportunity to remove the scourge of poverty, it is not enough. As the Make Poverty History campaign emphasises, there are a whole range of causes of global poverty to be dealt with. Hopefully, this vital and opportune new initiative will make governments and the public aware of the challenges and solutions and lead to real policy changes that benefit the world's poor.”


Faith Communities

Sheila Jones, Thornbury Jubilee Justice & Debt Group
“Through our local church’s link with Bufumbo in Eastern Uganda, I have seen for myself the immense difference debt cancellation can make, with many more girls in primary school. Governments must now make poverty history by dropping the debt of all poor countries so that every child worldwide can get an education.”

Rt Rev Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol
“On my recent visit to Uganda, I saw for myself the real impact debt cancellation can have. But I also saw the devastating effects of unjust trade rules and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Therefore I fully endorse the Make Poverty History initiative and we in the Diocese of Bristol will be doing all we can to support the achievement of its goals throughout 2005.”

Rt Rev Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester
“I am delighted to lend my support to ‘Make Poverty History’. It's good to recognise the generosity of many people in our region in providing overseas aid and it's important to recognise the need for equal trading opportunities for poorer nations, so that they may be helped to build their futures on a more equal footing with the countries of the Western world.”

Dr Elizabeth Perry, World Development Representative, Bath and Wells Diocese
“We live in a world of gross and unnecessary poverty – where debt is only payable at the cost of human life and where unfair trade rules and practices keep millions chained in poverty. And it will stay that way unless we own it as wrong, unless we see things differently. Just as with the abolition of slavery, change will only happen through individuals, individuals who make choices to speak out and act to make poverty history.”


Campaign Groups

Lorraine Wapling, Action on Disability and Development (ADD)
“Disability is a development issue. One in five of the world's poorest people are disabled. It is difficult to ignore growing evidence linking disability and poverty in a cycle of deprivation. Action on Disability and Development supports the Make Poverty History Campaign to help make sure disabled people are not excluded.”

Tony Vassallo, CAFOD South West
“That 30,000 people die unnecessarily every day from extreme poverty is a scandal. In the 21st century the world has the riches and the know-how to end the poverty of the majority of its people. Finally, in 2005, we are doing something about it. There is a unique chance this year to begin to make poverty history - and it is something we can all do.”

Sue Smailes, ActionAid South West
“ActionAid entirely endorses the movement to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY and has been actively engaged in practical work and in campaigning, both in developing countries and in UK, for many years. We believe that the related issues of trade justice, debt relief and greater and more effectively targetted aid must all be addressed to eradicate the scandal of poverty.”

Miranda Spitteler, Chief Executive, Tree Aid
“This campaign is a vital opportunity to put the needs of some of the poorest people in the world on the agenda. Trade justice is especially important to Tree Aid, which is working with local communities in arid Africa, helping them secure woodland resources and develop long-term income and achieve fair prices for their tree products.”

Jo Benefield, Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers
“Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers is right behind this campaign. We believe the first step in making poverty history is for governments to cancel third world debt now.”

Andy O’Brien, Bristol Jubilee Debt Campaign
“If you thought they'd already dropped the debt, think again - nearly 90% remains. So join MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY.ORG and get them to finish the job this time.”

Graham Davey, Campaign Against the Arms Trade Bristol
“The British government spends nearly £1 billion promoting the export of military equipment. Britain is the world’s second largest exporter of arms and about three quarters of our sales go to developing countries. The arms trade is a significant cause of world poverty.”

Fiona Remnant, Bath Trade Justice Movement
“World poverty is not someone else’s problem, it’s OUR problem and it’s up to this generation to say enough is enough – we WILL Make Poverty History!” World leaders have the power to tackle global poverty, it doesn’t have to be like this. If enough of us make our voices heard they won’t be able to ignore us, so stand up and speak out!”

Robert Hodgson, Devon Aid
Devon Aid promotes and supports People to People links between communities in SW England and remote parts of Africa and South Asia. Our links provide us with direct evidence from the grass-roots of the global inequities resulting from poverty and we strongly support the Millennium Goals and the Make Poverty History campaign in their aims to make trade fair and just and to create sustainable international aid programmes in which the world's poorest people can realise their full potentials in a fair global community.

Julie Millar, Christian Aid, Cornwall and Plymouth
“Poverty is a scandal; people shouldn’t be living in absolute poverty in the 21st century. It can be changed. By acting together we can speak out against policies that keep the poor poor. Like unfair trade and debt. Standing with the poor and outsider is what Christ did. We can too.”

Meena Singelee, Bristol University International Affairs Society
”Oxfam's manifesto is forceful, decisive and clear of its mission. The International Affairs Society at Bristol University is proud to be part of such a commitment aimed at bridging the inequality gap.”

David Speirs, Bristol University People and Planet
“People and Planet are proud to support the Make Poverty History initiative. We believe that this campaign can make 2005 a milestone year in combating world poverty and social injustice. We cannot underestimate the power of our voices in influencing world governments to meet this challenge.”

Kieran Battles, Oxfam Swindon
“We should Make Poverty History because we can Make Poverty History. This year is my chance to play a part in changing all this, so when I turn on my TV I don’t have to watch children starving when I know they don’t have to. This is my chance and whether you care or not, it’s your chance too.”

Vanessa Ashton, WaterAid South West
“We can all make our mark in history and on the world this year. What a wonderful opportunity! Everything we do to help alleviate poverty will make a difference no matter how small. No longer can anybody say 'what difference will my contribution make?’ It's proved. It does make a difference and that means we are all very powerful and all very important. Please help everyone in the world feel that their life matters and that they are just as important. Please help to prove we care, as I know we do. Meanwhile, WaterAid continues to work with the poorest communities to bring lasting and sustainable solutions to their lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation...the most basic requirements for all human beings.”


Community Groups

Jill Denham, Centre for Global and Development Education, Somerset
“Collectively, we must encourage our world leaders to end unfair trade rules and the exploitation of millions of people in the South. The Millennium Development Goals are not just high ideals but about basic human rights and our duty to ensure that they are met.”


Public Figures

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival Organiser
“It is very encouraging to see Gordon Brown leading the way to make poverty history in Africa. We all know what has to be done to change the lives of so many poor people around the world. Glastonbury Festival will this year send a powerful message to the members of the G8 meeting for the June summit.
The 150,000 people at this festival represent the number of people who died in the tsunami, and the number of kids who die in the world every five weeks. Our Government now holds the presidency of the EU and the G8 and has the opportunity to lead the way, and clear this terrible blot from our so-called “civilised” society.
A stunning display will be staged at our festival to emphasise the urgent, terrible and frightening need to make poverty history – and to start now.”


Trade Unions

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary, South West TUC
“As trade unions, we are committed to securing better pay for workers everywhere, whether that's here in the South West, or further afield in the developing world, where the levels of poverty are unacceptable.”

Jon Gray, Senior Regional Office, UNISON South West
“As the region's largest trade union, we're fully behind this campaign. We do a lot of international work and we know how bad the situation is overseas. We hope the government will rise to the challenge and make 2005 the year poverty becomes history.”