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Old 09-10-2005, 08:00 PM   #16
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There were some activities in the USA and a few in Canada.

It's really sad - it seems that the world's POOREST PEOPLE are being overshadowed once again by other events.

Thanks for your concern, Tilli.

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Old 09-11-2005, 01:00 AM   #17
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These bands are slowly taking off here, but we seem to avoid them for the landfill issue. I'm not going to talk about the US and Canada, as most do in here because frankly, I dont care. I know that there is no saying that either of those 2 countries dont care about these things, it is ludicrous to suggest otherwise. I'd even go so far as to say everywhere, in every country, people care. If you asked people to write a list of their concerns in the world then the list would be rather long. It isn't always desirable to rank them though.

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Old 09-11-2005, 12:46 PM   #18
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Here is what happened in NYC:

Sat Sep 10 2005

Biggest anti-poverty coalition in history joins with historic New York Labour March

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty, the world’s largest ever anti-poverty campaign, joined and lead one of the oldest Labour Day parades in the world in New York City on Saturday, 10 September. Marchers in the parade stood together to say “no to poverty” and “yes to decent jobs and workers’ rights”. GCAP and the Labour Day march organiser both wanted to send a clear and united message to 170 world leaders about to meet in New York at the UN World Summit, to end world poverty.

“Workers and their organizations are a proud partner of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) alliance precisely because they understand how poverty affects us all, whether we live in the developed or developing world, whether we’re employed or unemployed. On this White Band Day 2, we will be joining the Labour Day parade and standing together with New York City’s working families. We will be calling on UN member countries to seize this historic opportunity to take concrete action to alleviate world poverty,” said Kumi Naidoo, chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

GCAP participants will join an expected crowd of 250,000 people as they march on 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 72nd St., celebrating the proud trade union history of struggle for workers’ rights and social justice.

“Creating decent jobs for all as the best way to end poverty remains at the centre of trade union demands. Workers, no matter where they live, have the right to be treated with dignity and to organise with their fellow workers to improve both their employment and social conditions,” said Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, a major partner in GCAP.

“The demand for decent work is nothing more than a demand to get back what one puts in, to have the peace of mind that a job brings with it the ability to feed and clothe your family, to send your children to school, to have access to a doctor if you get sick,” he continued.

“These are the issues that bind together the women and men from 74 countries who will unite to call on world leaders to wake up to poverty tomorrow, and New York City’s workers who will march in the parade,” Ryder concluded.

NYC Central Labor Council President Brian M. McLaughlin welcomed the participation of GCAP in the march. “The global economy has given incentives to employers to strip away basic dignity for working families,” said McLaughlin. “We are proud to have GCAP engaged in the struggle for global fairness, and to be a part of our parade.”

What: GCAP contingent joins NYC Labour Day Parade
Where: East 44th St. at Vanderbilt Avenue
When: 10 am, September 10, 2005


The current draft Summit outcome document reaffirms the Millennium Development Goals - the internationally agreed upon targets for halving world poverty and commitments made by world leaders in 2000 when they signed the Millennium Declaration.

GCAP believes that this Summit is a chance for world leaders to reaffirm a timetable for achieving poverty reduction and get back on track with the promises they made in 2000 to achieve the MDGs.

GCAP is calling for leaders at the World Summit to lay out clear steps towards not only meeting, but exceeding, the Millennium Development Goals.

Leaders of all rich countries must agree to reach 0.7% of their national income in aid immediately and ensure that this aid reaches the poorest people in the poorest countries. They promised to give this amount in 1970, and 35 years later this promise remains broken. Whilst the G8 committed to increase levels of aid, the quality, quantity and crucially the speed of its delivery fall far short of what is desperately needed.

Leaders at the UN summit must endorse the need to go further on debt cancellation, agreeing to cancel the debts of all countries that need it to be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. They must also ensure that debt relief is not tied to harmful World Bank and IMF conditions.

On 10 September, the spotlight will be on world leaders as they prepare to leave for the UN World Summit in New York. People across the world will unite in the second GCAP White Band Day mobilization to demand that world leaders Wake-Up to Poverty.

Notes to editors:

1) The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is the world's largest anti-poverty coalition, whose organizations together represent more than 150 million people globally. The campaign is aiming to make a breakthrough on poverty in 2005 and is calling for world leaders to “wake up” and take concrete steps at the United Nations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and end poverty once and for all. The coalition is made up of national campaigns across 74 countries, including MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY in the UK, “Wakati Ni Sasa” (The time to act is now) in Kenya, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’ (Keep Your Promises) in India and “Sin Excusas contra la Pobreza” in Paraguay amongst many more. The global symbol of the campaign is a white band. See www.whiteband.org for more information.

2) Also attached to this release is GCAP’s Millennium Development Goals report for your review and use.

3) Important facts from GCAP’s Millennium Development Goals report

· If we continue as we are it will take many countries 100 years, not ten, to achieve the goals.
· In 2005 the world will miss the first agreed MDG target of achieving equal numbers of girls as boys in primary school.
· Average life expectancy in Africa is 46 years and falling and the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased by more than 140 million in the last twenty years (UN Statistics Division, Dept of Economic and Social Affairs).
· A mother dies every minute as a result of problems in pregnancy and childbirth, and the MDG of reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015 will not be met on current trends.
· The MDGs could be met if rich countries delivered on the commitment they made 35 years ago, to allocate 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) to aid.
· On current trends and including the commitments made at the G8 in Gleneagles, the G8 countries will only be giving 0.36% of GNI and not until 2010.
· To reach 0.7% of GNI in 2010 donors must increase their aid not by the $48billion agreed in Gleneagles, but by $170 billion.
· The world spends $400bn per year on advertising. G8 countries between them spent over $600bn on defence in 2004.

4) The Millennium Development Goals are eight targets agreed by over 190 governments in 2000 to help eradicate poverty through action by developed and developing countries. They focus on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other preventable diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development. The first MDG, on getting an equal number of girls into school as boys, has already been missed this year.

UN World Summit
14-16 September

White Band Day 2
On 10 September, people across the world will unite in the second GCAP mobilisation to demand that world leaders Wake-Up to Poverty!

Standing Tall Against Poverty Concerts
On Saturday 3 September 2005, two concerts in Ghana and India sent a strong message to the UN Summit in New York to take the decisions needed to eradicate poverty.


Nice to know that there are those in the USA that haven't forgotten the world's poorest people.

I am ONE of them.

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Old 09-15-2005, 07:54 PM   #19
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Here is a VERY INTERESTING chart which shows which countries are doing the best (and the worst) in trying to eliminate extreme poverty from our world.

Also, click on the other links (like Most Improved, 2004, 2003) to get a better idea of the progress or lack of progress that YOUR country has made in this struggle.


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