Saturday, May 26, 2007

The World Can't Wait

Sign this message to G8 leaders here.

Dear Angela Merkel and Tony Blair,

I am writing as a concerned European citizen to ask that you make this year's G8 Summit and EU Presidency really count for the world's poorest people. During 2007 you have enormous influence on the world stage and the opportunity to make this a decisive year in the fight against global poverty.

When you meet with G8 and European heads of state in June, use your influence to:
· Deliver the extra debt cancellation and extra aid that was promised in 2005, and more, without imposing harmful conditions
· Ensure that international trade deals are just, and help reduce poverty by not forcing poor countries to open their markets to unfair competition or destroying decent work
· Provide funds to deliver education, clean water, sanitation, and healthcare for all, including upholding trade rules to provide affordable and quality medicines, and keep your promise that no one should go without treatment for AIDS by 2010
· Make plans to keep global warming at less than 2 degrees and address the urgent needs of poor countries to adapt to climate change
· Secure agreement to an international, legally-binding Arms Trade Treaty to control the irresponsible trade in weapons that is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses around the world.

Millions of people around the world have pledged their support over the last two years as part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty. The world can't wait any longer for action. I am sending you my voice against poverty.


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