End Poverty 2015 - gordon brown http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/35/0 en Anglican Bishops March for MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/anglican-bishops-march-mdgs/25/jul/08 <p>Anglican bishops and their spouses demonstrated on July 24 in support of poverty reduction worldwide, walking in purple cassocks and native dress past symbols of British power such as the Houses of Parliament and the prime minister&#8217;s residence at Downing Street.</p> <p>Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and other Christian and interfaith leaders were at the head of the march, walking behind a banner reading &#8220;Keep the Promise/ Halve Poverty by 2015,&#8221; references to one of the United Nations&#8217; Millennium Development Goals for global progress.</p> <p>The one-hour march, which created a river of violet down Whitehall Road, ended at Williams&#8217; residence, Lambeth Palace, across the River Thames from the seat of Great Britain&#8217;s government.</p> <p>Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking to the bishops at Lambeth, called the march &#8220;one of the greatest demonstrations of faith this great city has ever seen.&#8221;</p> <p>Brown said wealthier nations are not moving fast enough to meet the development goals. &#8220;At our current rates of progress,&#8221; they will not be met by 2015 deadline set in the MDGs. Some, he said, will not be met for 100 years if the rate of progress is not increased.</p> <p>&#8220;I say to you that the poor of the world have been patient but 100 years is too long for people to wait for justice and that is why we must act now. We know that with the technology we have, the medicine we have, the science we have, it is the will to act that must be found,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Williams noted that &#8220;unless we address this great gulf between human beings, we cannot expect a future of stability or welfare. As the world grows smaller, the truth is that the suffering and the needs of anyone in our global community is going to be the suffering and needs of everyone in our global community. This is not and should not be a surprise to those of us who hold the Christian faith and who have believed for 2,000 years that when one part of the body suffers, all suffer.&#8221;</p> <p>Flanked by Christian and other faith leaders including Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Sir Iqbal Sacranie, representing Islam, Williams said that the goal must be &#8220;to give to each person what they deserve in the eyes of God, not what they deserve because of their prosperity but what they deserve because they are made in God&#8217;s image and demand our respect, our love and our service without qualification &#8212; that is justice.&#8221;</p> <p>Referring to an emergency session of the UN General Assembly on the global food and fuel crises, set for Sept. 25 in New York, Brown told the rally &#8220;we need a march not just to Lambeth, we need a march also to New York.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I ask you to go back to your countries and I ask you to ask your governments and I ask you to ask all of civil society to tell people that on September 25 we have got to make good the promises that have been made, redeem the pledges that have been promised, make good the Millennium Development Goals that are not being met,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Brown asked the crowd to join him in asking their governments to commit to three goals. The first is that by 2010, 40 million more children would be in school &#8220;on the road to every child being in schooling by 2015.&#8221;</p> <p>The second pledge would be to train medical workers and provide them with the equipment &#8220;to eradicate polio, tuberculosis, malaria and diphtheria, then go on to eliminate HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> in our generation.&#8221;</p> <p>The third is to allocate $20 billion in food aid &#8220;and not for only food aid but to give people the means &#8212; free of the old agricultural protectionism &#8212; to grow food themselves with help from our countries to develop a green revolution in Africa.&#8221;</p> <p>Speaking after Brown, Hellen Wangusa, the Anglican Observer at the UN, said that she would bring word of the Walk of Witness to the UN meeting.</p> <p>The march was organized in partnership with Christian social justice advocacy group Micah Challenge UK. Board member Paul Cook said the organization hopes to see &#8220;a roadmap&#8221; and a &#8220;global action plan&#8221; for getting back on track with the development goals&#8217; timeline.</p> <p>With a slight breeze blowing off the Thames, the demonstrators enjoyed a perfect sunny summer day. Many of the bishops’ wives wore dresses and hats or such native costumes as saris, ready for a garden party scheduled to take place in the afternoon at Buckingham Palace. Occasionally, there was a burst of hymn singing, with &#8220;We are marching in the light of God&#8221; being one selection.</p> <p>Some bishops had customized the backs of their signs: one read &#8220;Derby 4 justice&#8221; and another, &#8220;British Columbia 4 justice and peace.&#8221; The march passed statues of British military leaders: Field Marshal Earl Haig, Field Marshal the Viscount Slim and one monument simply for &#8220;The Women of World War II.&#8221; As they passed the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament, the deep tones of Big Ben began to toll the hour at eleven o&#8217;clock.</p> <p>The one-hour march stopped traffic on one of London&#8217;s busiest streets, with tourists gazing from the top of double-decker sightseeing buses and passersby snapping photos.</p> <p>As the 600 bishops and their spouses assembled before the walk on a side street of government offices, workers hung out of the windows, taking pictures.</p> <p>Bishop Henry Parsley of Alabama, who took advantage of several pedicabs hired for the marchers who found walking difficult, noted that his diocese contributes to Millennium Development Goal work. The march, he said, &#8220;is an opportunity to make a visual statement of support for the goals.&#8221; Although the United States is generous in the area of foreign aid, its environmental record is poor, he said, adding that he hoped the march &#8220;gets translated back to (President) George Bush&#8217;s office so he sees the bishops of the world care a great deal (about such issues).&#8221;</p> <p>Bishop John Gladstone, Moderator of the Church of South India in S. Kerala, an ecumenical partner, said that in his area, &#8220;there are four million people who are very economically disadvantaged. The local church and diocese generate employment, attempt to attend to health care and to alleviate poverty through different ways.&#8221;</p> <p>Kallistos of Diokleia from the Orthodox Church Patriarchate in Constantinople, dressed in black robes and headdress and wearing gold icons around his neck, stressed the universality of poverty. &#8220;Anglican problems are our problems,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We are here today to bear witness against worldwide poverty so many people who are pleading for a fair distribution of wealth between the rich and poor can be heard.&#8221;</p> <p>The Rev. Dr. Michael Battle from Los Angeles, a chaplain at the Lambeth Conference, referred to Queen Elizabeth’s garden party later in the day and said the march “will show bishops can be relevant for the whole world. This is the first time they (the Lambeth Conference bishops) have done this. Usually it’s [just] high tea with the Queen.”</p> <p>Bishop George Councell of New Jersey noted the so-called &#8220;Walk of Witness&#8221; was especially important since &#8220;later in the afternoon we have this privileged access to Buckingham Palace. I pray that we&#8217;ll carry the hunger of the world and our own hunger for justice with us.&#8221;</p> <p>Bishop Ezekiel Malaandit of the Diocese of Bor in Sudan, whose primate earlier in the conference criticized the U.S. church&#8217;s inclusive stance on homosexuality, said that &#8220;We are here to help people, to be supportive, to show we are one communion. Changing minds, sharing ideas and experiences, talking and working together like this we benefit from one another.&#8221;</p> <p>Bishop David Beetge of the Diocese of Highveld in South Africa said the development goals have a high profile in his area. &#8220;On HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>, we&#8217;ve got 73 projects going: orphans and vulnerable children, early developmental childhood centers, reflecting on gender issues. We are trying to embrace the MDGs although there are eight different ones in a very holistic way to bring about a humanity and compassionate society which reflects the very heart of Christ.&#8221;</p> <p>Among the passersby watching the march, Thomas Pope said he traveled from his farm in Dorset to see the parade and applauded the bishops as they passed. &#8220;They have tremendous courage to stand out and walk down Whitehall in such a dignified way. I heard the archbishop (of Canterbury) speak on the wireless (radio) this morning and thought I would come and see it.&#8221;</p> <p>Another spectator, Jane Nelson, said she had come &#8220;to be in solidarity with the Episcopal Church of the <span class="caps">USA</span>. They have set a courageous example and I think it is sad that one of their duly elected bishops was not invited to Lambeth.&#8221;</p> <p>The sexuality controversy roiling the Anglican world was not absent, with one protestor, the Rev. David Braid, holding a sign &#8220;Jesus never ordained sodomites. Neither should the church. Hitler was a sodomite.&#8221;</p> <p>Bishop Leo Frade of Southeast Florida had wrapped a rainbow flag around his sign because, he said, &#8220;when we talk about justice and mercy, we need to remember that gay and lesbian persons are discriminated against by the church and the government.&#8221;</p> <p>As the march wound along the Thames, nearly 140 Episcopal and Anglican congregations in the United States, Canada and Germany &#8212; along with many individuals &#8212; took part &#8220;virtually&#8221; by emailing pleas to their country&#8217;s legislators, asking for their attention to MDG-related issues.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/anglican-bishops-march-mdgs/25/jul/08#comments End Hunger Europe Global Partnership English anglican bishops gordon brown lambeth london Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:25:18 +0000 admin 351 at http://endpoverty2015.org World Leaders Issue Call to Action on MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/europe/news/world-leaders-issue-call-action-mdgs/25/jan/08 <p>World leaders have issued a joint statement at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos vowing to make 2008 a turning point in the fight against poverty. The world is facing a “development emergency”, they said. “We pledge to work together to help the world get back on track to meet the MDGs.”</p> <p>Leaders spearheading the call to action include Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York; Umaru Musa Yar&#8217;Adua, President of Nigeria; Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; William H. Gates <span class="caps">III</span>, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation, USA; Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum; Bono, Musician, <span class="caps">DATA</span> (<span class="caps">DEBT</span>, <span class="caps">AIDS</span>, <span class="caps">TRADE</span>, <span class="caps">AFRICA</span>), United Kingdom; and John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco, <span class="caps">USA</span>.</p> <p>“We are here to say one thing loud and clear: Not on our watch!” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.<br /> “I speak to those who are most vulnerable to climate change and those who suffer the most grinding poverty. Let 2008 be the year of the bottom billion,” he said.</p> <p>“We all agree that it is time to move from promise to performance …. Let us put our promises back on track for all the world’s children,” said Queen Rania.</p> <p>“This is a moral compact, not a legal contract. To take a concrete step forward, we must take this from a moral compact to legally binding contracts,” Bono told a packed press conference. “Thanks to African leadership and debt cancellation, 29 million children are now in school,” he said.</p> <p>“For us in Africa, the achievement of the MDGs is our sacred duty,” said Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar&#8217;Adua. “One of the major challenges in Africa is the infrastructure gap that is one of the key enablers of the achievement of the MDGs. I welcome this initiative from the global community.”</p> <p>“It is right that, here in Davos, we tell the truth that there is a development emergency and that we must summon everyone in a call to action to take measures to meet the MDGs by 2015,” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.</p> <p>“This [call to action] fits in with the idea of creative capitalism,” said Gates. “We can make more progress and it is important to be part of this endeavour,” he said. “I want to challenge the business community” to join the renewed efforts of governments and NGOs, said Chambers. “It’s the power of collaborative innovation that makes a difference,” he said.</p> <h1>The joint statement said:</h1> <p>“At the Millennium Summit in 2000 the international community – every world leader, every international body, almost every country – vowed to spare no effort to achieve the seven key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).</p> <p>Halfway to 2015 we have made some vital progress:</p> <ul> <li>3 million more children survive every year</li> <li>2 million people now receive AIDs treatment</li> <li>There are 41 million more children in school</li> <li>2 million lives are saved every year by immunization</li> <li>Polio, leprosy and neonatal tetanus are on the verge of elimination</li> </ul> <ul> <li>African economies have been growing at 6% for the past three years, and are set to grow faster in the years ahead</li> </ul> <p>This progress inspires us all to do more. We know we can make a difference. But we still face an enormous challenge – a development emergency:</p> <ul> <li>72 million children are still not in school and many who are receive a very poor quality education.</li> <li>Half of the developing world lack basic sanitation. If current trends continue, the world is likely to miss the <span class="caps">MDG</span> sanitation target by almost 600 million people.</li> <li>Over half a million women still die each year from treatable and preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth.</li> <li>Over 33 million people are living with <span class="caps">HIV</span>, and more than 1 million people die of malaria every year, including one child every 30 seconds.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>980 million people still live on less than US$ 1 a day.</li> </ul> <p>So without an extraordinary effort we will fail to achieve the MDGs. 2008 is a critical year. If we don’t begin to get back on track we will fail. Today in Davos we &#8211; the undersigned &#8211; commit to work to make 2008 a turning point in the fight against poverty. We are pleased to join the 19 countries and 21 private sector companies that are now signed up to the <span class="caps">MDG</span> Call to Action. And we pledge to work together to help the world get back on track to meet the MDGs.</p> <p>We know we will only succeed if governments, the private sector, faith groups, civil society and NGOs work together.</p> <p>And to catalyse, inspire and focus activity within this broad coalition &#8211; and to measure progress towards the 2015 pledges &#8211; today we agree that the world community should set some 2010 milestones towards our 2015 goals, including:</p> <ul> <li>75 million more people lifted out of extreme poverty in Africa</li> <li>25 million more children in school</li> <li>4 million more children’s lives saved</li> <li>35 million more births need to be attended by skilled health personnel between now and 2010</li> </ul> <ul> <li>70 million more people given improved access to water</li> </ul> <p>A series of international meetings throughout 2008 will identify what more we all need to do to meet these goals and agree concrete action plans:</p> <ul> <li>In the spring, the private sector will meet and announce new measures to help achieve the MDGs.</li> <li>In June, European leaders will set out what more the EU can do to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.</li> <li>In July, the Japan G8 Summit will focus on development and climate change.</li> <li>In September, at the UN &#8211; and for the first time ever &#8211; governments, businesses, civil society organizations, NGOs and faith groups will all convene to mark the halfway point to the MDGs, take stock of progress and agree additional steps the international community will take to accelerate action.</li> <li>And the Italians have agreed to take this forward into 2008 with their G8.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The world is witnessing a development emergency, and we need a worldwide effort to get back on track to meet the MDGs. We commit to join and redouble our efforts.”</li> </ul> <p>More than 2,500 participants from 88 countries are in Davos, Switzerland, including 27 heads of state or government, 113 cabinet ministers, along with religious leaders, media leaders and heads of non-governmental organizations. Around 60% of the participants are business leaders drawn principally from the Forum&#8217;s members – 1,000 of the foremost companies from around the world and across all economic sectors.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/europe/news/world-leaders-issue-call-action-mdgs/25/jan/08#comments Europe Ban Ki-moon Bill Gates Bono Davos gordon brown World Economic Forum Fri, 25 Jan 2008 22:14:53 +0000 admin 191 at http://endpoverty2015.org Brown and Merkel Announce International Health Partnership http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germanynews/brown-and-merkel-announce-international-health-partnership/25/aug/07 <p>British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today announced an International Health Partnership designed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).</p> <p>The Partnership will include major donor countries, including Britain and Germany, and key international agencies such as the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (<span class="caps">WHO</span>) to accelerate MDGs 4, 5 and 6: reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> and other diseases.</p> <p>After their meeting in London, the two leaders released a joint statement in which they said: &#8220;We see this as a critical step in our call for an international mobilisation of effort to achieve the MDGs that will build year on year until 2015. Our efforts must bring together the private sector, NGOs, faith groups, international agencies and governments in a new partnership to reduce poverty, improve health and provide opportunities for the poor across the world.&#8221;</p> <p>The Partnership focuses on healthcare because &#8220;of the MDGs, those focusing on health are the least likely to be met.&#8221; There is a lack of strong health systems with sufficient health workers, clinics and supply of medicines, but global health assistance is also too fragmented. The Partnership will focus on strengthening the global health infrastructure.</p> <p>&#8220;We reaffirm our commitment made at the G8 and the EU to provide the financing needed to meet our health commitments through the established institutions and mechanisms. In this context, the replenishment of the Global Fund will be a key step. We will also explore innovative financing mechanisms to meet these commitments,&#8221; they said.</p> <p>Both Brown and Merkel are following through on their G8 promises of last June. In Heiligendamm, Germany, the leaders of the world&#8217;s 8 richest countries promised more funds for healthcare and better coordination of health aid. Brown talked earlier about a &#8220;global alliance&#8221; in a speech at the UN Head Quarters last month and urged countries to renew their commitments to the MDGs.</p> <p>The International Health Partnership will have its official launch on September 5.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/germanynews/brown-and-merkel-announce-international-health-partnership/25/aug/07#comments Germany Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Global Partnership angela merkel gordon brown health Sat, 25 Aug 2007 19:52:53 +0000 admin 55 at http://endpoverty2015.org