MP signs up to the world can't wait, poverty campaign

June 5, 2007 9:46 AM
World can't wait

Speaking out against poverty

Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle, joins over 190 MPs who have added their names to an Early Day Motion calling on Tony Blair and the other G8 leaders to take urgent action to end global poverty and avert potentially catastrophic climate change.

The G8 Summit, starting on 6th June in Germany, is key to ensuring that they deliver on the promises they made at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005. It would also be an excellent opportunity to take further urgent action on debt cancellation, more and better aid, trade justice, healthcare, education, water and sanitation for all, and to prevent catastrophic climate change.

In the UK, over ninety campaigning organisations, including Christian Aid, Jubilee Debt Campaign, OXFAM, Save the Children and Tearfund, joined forces to arrange a mass anti-poverty rally in Westminster on Saturday 2nd June, to show the G8 leaders that the world can't wait. To show his support for the 'World Can't Wait' appeal, Mr Hunter signed an Early Day Motion, number 1219, which calls for the Government to use its influence to these issues are placed firmly on the agenda for the G8 summit.

Mr Hunter said, "It is imperative that the G8 member states live up to their commitments to eradicate poverty and tackle climate change, so I will be urging the UK government to take stronger action and use its influence in Europe and the G8. 2005 saw a huge public mandate for dramatic action to make poverty history. But we need more urgency because children are missing out on healthcare and education now. Rich countries must act, the world can't wait".

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