End Poverty 2015 - Germany http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/18/0 en Germany Makes Noise for MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/germany-makes-noise-mdgs/29/sep/10 <p>It jammed, it grooved, it vibrated: The city of Bonn was like a music festival. But the theatrical and musical groups marching through Bonn&#8217;s streets did not just make noise. They also had a political message. &#8220;Stand Up Against Poverty,&#8221; they called out to the spectators. By 4:00 pm, all theater and music groups arrived in a protest march to the final event on the central market place, where the head of the UN Millennium Campaign in Germany, Renee Ernst, read the Stand Up pledge. She was accompanied by the participants of the Youth Conference &#8220;Youth Future Project.&#8221; </p> End Hunger Germany Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Europe Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:01:00 +0000 Miki 1074 at http://endpoverty2015.org UN Millennium Campaign German Logo http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germany/resource/un-millennium-campaign-german-logo Germany Logo English Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:08:52 +0000 Miki 766 at http://endpoverty2015.org Millennium Development Goals Honored As Bold Promise to End Poverty in Our Generation http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germany/news/millennium-development-goals-honored-bold-promise-end-poverty-our-generation/04/aug/09 <p>On July 24, the Millennium Development Goals were honored at the inaugural &#8220;Save the World&#8221; Awards in Austria, as a bold promise to end poverty in our generation. </p> <p>The &#8220;Save the World&#8221; awards, founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, recognized personalities and organizations working toward a sustainable and livable future for our planet and its people. More than 2,000 guests attended the show at the site of an inactive atomic power plant in Zwentendorf, Lower Austria, and millions more watched on television around the world.</p> <p>The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the most powerful ideas to ever challenge history, make it possible for our generation to once and for all end poverty and its root causes. The set of eight Goals provides a roadmap to do this and comes with promises made by 189 world leaders from both rich and poor countries to work together to achieve them by 2015. We are just six years away from that deadline and yet still 50,000 people die of extreme poverty every day. The global food, fuel and financial crises of the past year threaten to reverse the progress that has been made towards achieving these Goals. It is more urgent than ever that we send a clear message to our governments that we expect them to keep their promises to the poor.</p> <p>Dr. Renee Ernst, German Coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, accepted the award on behalf of all of the people of the world in whose names this historic promise has been made.</p> <p>&#8220;This award recognizes the power of the Millennium Development Goals to end the indignity and inequality of extreme poverty that defines and restricts the lives of billions of people across the world,&#8221; Dr. Ernst said. &#8220;I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all global citizens who aspire to a world where poverty and hunger are the exception, where every child has the right to an education, where women no longer die in childbirth and children no longer die of preventable diseases, a world where the environment is protected for future generations and where our leaders make decisions that protect the poorest and most vulnerable and not their own interests. This world is possible and the Millennium Development Goals offer a roadmap to get us there.&#8221; </p> Germany English Award Tue, 04 Aug 2009 19:06:58 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 579 at http://endpoverty2015.org Poverty can pack http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germany/news/poverty-can-pack/24/sep/08 <p>&#8220;It is only a suitcase, but its contents means the world. The piece with inscription &#8220;Poverty can pack&#8221; was handed to German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul on 18 September before the backdrop of the airport in Berlin by an action alliance of development campaigns. The suitcase contains eight articles, that symobolize the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations &#8211; and a shadow report with recommendations on how to reach them&#8230;&#8221; <a href="http://www.millenniumkampagne.de">find out more</a></p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germany/news/poverty-can-pack/24/sep/08#comments Germany Europe Global Partnership English Aid effectiveness Global partnership Tue, 23 Sep 2008 19:25:00 +0000 WebEurope 384 at http://endpoverty2015.org 8 Ways to Change the World: Local Authorities Guide http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global-partnership/resource/8-ways-change-world-local-authorities-guide <p><a href="/files/LOCAL_NORTH_SOUTH_19_06_06_WEB2.PDF">Download the Brochure</a> (pdf)</p> <p>Concrete proposals for Local Authorities both from the North and the South to promote the MDGs at the local level.</p> Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Arab Region Asia Europe Latin America &amp; the Caribbean North America Oceania Global Partnership English local authorities Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:12:28 +0000 admin 328 at http://endpoverty2015.org Africa Trade Network denounces Economic Partnership Agreements http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/africa-trade-network-denounces-economic-partnership-agreements/17/mar/08 <p>Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including farmers, workers, women’s, faith-based and students’ groups and organizations, have issued a statement declaring that it is clear more than ever, that the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are Europe’s means of locking-in the fundamentally unequal relationships between Africa and Europe. Viewed from Africa, this is nothing less than, &#8220;re-colonisation.&#8221;</p> <p>The groups which met in Cape Town, South Africa recently under the auspices of the Africa Trade Network noted that <span class="caps">EPAS</span> are self-serving free trade agreements, that Europe seeks to impose on African, Caribbean and Pacific (<span class="caps">ACP</span>) countries, and which will ultimately destroy the economies of these countries.</p> <p>When the <span class="caps">EPA</span> negotiations were launched, CSOs from all over Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Europe warned that these trade arrangements were profoundly anti-developmental. It was pointed out that the EPAs posed a threat not only specifically to government revenue, local producers and industries, food sovereignty, essential public services, and the regional integration of African countries; but also to the right and capacity in general of African countries to develop their economies according to the needs of their people and their own national, regional and continental priorities. </p> <p>The latest developments in these negotiations have exposed even more sharply the fundamental outrage represented by EPAs. </p> <p>At the end of 2007, Europe deployed manipulative and heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to force African governments into so-called ‘interim’ agreements. When it became clear that no African regional bloc would agree to its demands, the European Commission, with the active support of its member states, resorted to blatant divide-and-rule tactics. Europe capitalised on the fact that, for historical reasons, a few export sectors in Africa are largely dependent on the European market. By threatening to close access to these markets and throw export sectors into chaos, Europe rode roughshod over the regional negotiating processes and instigated bilateral deals with individual countries.</p> <p>The more vulnerable African governments were forced to concede to Europe’s demand for ‘interim’ trade deals, and in the process, completely undermined regional negotiating positions.</p> <p>These Interim Economic Partnership Agreements reveal Europe’s true face. The deals are classical free trade agreements that clearly serve Europe’s commercial and geo-economic interests. All the claims about supporting Africa’s development and regional integration have been exposed as false.</p> <p>Merely to secure a level of market access that is remarkably similar to previous levels, <span class="caps">ACP</span> countries involved in the interim agreements have had to concede to opening up their economies to historically unprecedented levels even beyond the commitments required at the multilateral level.</p> <p>In addition, Europe took advantage of the circumstances to insert clauses in the interim agreements that were not even part of earlier negotiations. These include the ‘most favoured nation’ clause, a standstill clause that forbids countries from ever raising tariffs on imports from Europe, and restrictions and even outright prohibitions on export taxes. These provisions only serve to lock in further these countries into Europe’s agenda, and prevent them from exploring other options and relations within the changing global order. This will take away their space for autonomous policy to create jobs, secure livelihoods and pursue equitable economic development and regional integration.</p> <p>Throughout the negotiating process, aid has been used as a bait to lure African governments into long and protracted debates, which have diverted attention from the fundamental economic issues at stake and misled them into taking on onerous commitments. As the ‘Interim’ deals make abundantly clear, promises of additional financing are illusory.</p> <p>The negotiating agenda for 2008 aims at deepening the above processes. Europe intends to lock in the ‘interim’ agreements with all their outrageous provisions as quickly as possible. This is a clear breach of the understanding on which they were provisionally initialled – namely that the deals were merely a means to avoid possible retaliation at the <span class="caps">WTO</span> and that any contentious elements would be renegotiated.</p> <p>In addition, Europe is exerting high levels of pressure on African governments to expand the negotiations to open up the service sector and to include binding rules on investment, competition policy, and government procurement. Such rules will take away the right of African governments to manage investment and investors in ways that serve Africa’s own development. The inclusion of such issues is not necessary at the multilateral level and against the expressed wishes and declarations of Africa’s governments and peoples.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ATN</span> observations reinforce the position developed by the <a href="http://www.whiteband.org">Global to Action Against Poverty</a> and inequality notably that national governments must reject harmful regional and bilateral free trade agreements.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/africa-trade-network-denounces-economic-partnership-agreements/17/mar/08#comments Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Europe Global Partnership English civil society organizations Economic Partnership Agreements Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:31:17 +0000 admin 299 at http://endpoverty2015.org UNFPA Scales Up Efforts to Save Millions of Women http://endpoverty2015.org/en/maternal-health/news/unfpa-scales-efforts-save-millions-women/14/feb/08 <p>Every minute a woman dies due to complications in pregnancy or<br /> childbirth, adding up to half a million women dying every year. Another<br /> 10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or<br /> disabilities.</p> <p>“No woman should die giving life,” said <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/">UNFPA</a> Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. <br /> “To have a healthy society, you have to have healthy mothers.”</p> <p>In many countries, however, progress in maternal health has been slow.<br /> In some, the situation has actually deteriorated over the last 20 years.<br /> The reason is insufficient political will and inadequate resources, as<br /> women’s health is often pushed off the agenda in favour of other priorities.</p> <p>&#8220;It is critical to invest in women if we are to achieve the <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals</a><br /> Ms. Obaid. &#8220;We urge countries to dedicate more<br /> resources to improving national health systems, training skilled birth<br /> attendants and promoting family planning. Millions of deaths and<br /> disabilities could be prevented, if every woman had access to<br /> reproductive health services.&#8221;</p> <p>Improving maternal health and reducing maternal deaths are at the heart<br /> of <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goal number 5</a>.</p> <p>The thematic fund, which <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/">UNFPA</a> has established in partnership with governments, United Nations organizations and other international partners, will help countries increase their access and use of quality maternal health services that would reduce maternal deaths and<br /> disabilities. It will also increase the capacity of health systems to<br /> provide a broad range of quality maternal health services, strengthen<br /> mechanisms to reduce health inequities, and empower women to exercise<br /> their right to maternal health.</p> <p>The thematic fund will focus on supporting 75 countries with the<br /> greatest need. The goal is to raise $465 million during 2008-2011</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/maternal-health/news/unfpa-scales-efforts-save-millions-women/14/feb/08#comments Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Arab Region Asia Europe Latin America &amp; the Caribbean Maternal Health North America Oceania English maternal health Millennium Development Goals UNFPA Thu, 14 Feb 2008 22:09:24 +0000 262 at http://endpoverty2015.org Africa-EU Summit Falls Short on Key Issues http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/africa-eu-summit-falls-short-key-issues/10/dec/07 <p>From December 7th to 9th, more than 70 European and African leaders met in Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the EU-Africa Summit. Seven years after the Cairo summit, the Lisbon event ended with an ambitious action plan and a promise to meet again in 2010, but wasn’t able to tackle key issues such as Economic Partnership Agreements (<span class="caps">EPA</span>) and human rights.</p> <p>In the Summit’s final declaration, the political leaders pledge to “develop this partnership of equals, based on the effective engagement of our societies, in order to achieve significant results in our fundamental commitments, namely: the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals; the establishment of a robust peace and security architecture in Africa; the strengthening of investment, growth and prosperity through regional integration and closer economic ties; the promotion of good governance and human rights; and the creation of opportunities for shaping global governance in an open and multilateral framework”.</p> <p>Some of Africa’s strongest economies clearly rejected EPAs, thus challenging the EU pressure to finalize them before 2008. &#8220;We are not talking any more about EPAs, we&#8217;ve rejected them”, said Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, “we&#8217;re going to meet to see what we can put in place of the EPAs&#8221;. European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso promised Brussels was not pushing African countries over trade.</p> <p>On the sensitive human rights front, German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly criticized the leaders of Zimbabuwe and Sudan for not respecting human rights.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/africa-eu-summit-falls-short-key-issues/10/dec/07#comments Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Europe Global Partnership Economic Partnership Agreements EPAs EU Lisbon Mon, 10 Dec 2007 20:11:26 +0000 admin 164 at http://endpoverty2015.org Millennium Gates at Reichstag in Berlin http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germanynews/millennium-gates-reichstag-berlin/30/nov/07 The United Nations Millennium Gates have been displayed in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. The exposition at the famous German Parliament Building from November 26 to November 29 was the grand finale for the Gates’ tour through 33 German cities. Numerous representatives of the German Bundestag took part in the opening ceremony. They interpreted their walk through the alley of the Gates as a sign of willingness to take political action on cutting poverty and accomplishing the <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org/goals">Millennium Development Goals</a>. <hr/> <img src="http://endpoverty2015.org/files/2015_05.jpg" height="320" width="401" /> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germanynews/millennium-gates-reichstag-berlin/30/nov/07#comments Germany Europe Berlin Millennium Gates Reichstag Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:56:12 +0000 admin 149 at http://endpoverty2015.org 43 Million People break Guinness World Record for Stand Up & Speak Out http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/43-million-people-break-guinness-world-record-stand-speak-out/18/oct/07 <p>Over 43.7 million people, in 127 countries have broken the Guinness World Record – set last year at 23.5 million &#8211; for the largest number of people to “<span class="caps">STAND</span> UP <span class="caps">AGAINST</span> POVERTY” in 24 hours. Read Full Press Release »</p> <p>From all parts of the world, millions stood and spoke out to demand a more urgent political response to the growing crisis of global poverty and inequality. They called on their world leaders to keep their commitments made in the Millennium Development Goals.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/43-million-people-break-guinness-world-record-stand-speak-out/18/oct/07#comments Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Arab Region Asia Europe Latin America &amp; the Caribbean North America Oceania Advocacy Stand Up Stand Up and Speak Out standup2007 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 15:37:27 +0000 admin 119 at http://endpoverty2015.org