petek, 13. junij 2008

ONE heart, ONE soul, ONE campaign

Dear ONE Member,

To me, a promise is a fairly simple thing. I promise to do something, then I do it. For European leaders, it seems that is not the case.

In 2005, thanks to pressure from people like you, the EU leaders promised to increase their collective spending on poverty-focused development assistance to a total of 0.56% of Gross National Income by 2010 and 0.7% by 2015. But right now, they are dangerously behind where they need to be in order to keep this promise.

We haven't forgotten their commitment, and—as ONE—we're working to get them back on track by asking European Commission President Jose Barroso to start taking the steps necessary to make sure that promise is kept.

Click the link below to add your name to the petition to President Barroso urging him to help Europe keep its promise to the world's poorest people.

Petition text:
President Barroso,
We urge you to do all you can to ensure Europe keeps its promise and establishes concrete timetables to collectively deliver 0.56% of Gross National Income (GNI) towards development assistance by 2010 and 0.70% by 2015.
We'll deliver your message to Barroso just ahead of the summit of EU leaders in Brussels next week, where he will have an excellent chance to spur progress for fighting extreme poverty and global disease.
And we're not the only ones calling for our leaders to take action next week. In late May, the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), comprised of the European Union's Development Ministers, called for comprehensive plans for meeting poverty-fighting commitments.

Joining our voices with those coming from within the European Union is one of our best chances to pressure officials into taking action, so this is our moment. Please sign the petition to President Barroso:
This extra reminder to leaders like President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel will show them that we haven't given up on their promises and nor should they. We want to encourage them to get back on track to delivering the assistance that can make such a big difference to the lives of so many—in the last few years alone this assistance has helped to give 29 million more children in Africa an education. But with 72 million children around the world still missing out on a basic education, this is no time to give up on their promises.
Thank you for helping out,
Roxane Philson,

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