Invest in services that benefit the poorest children and their families, such as basic health care and primary education.

For millions of children throughout the world, poverty means more than simply not having enough money. It means not being able to control their lives, being vulnerable to the will of others, and demeaning themselves to make ends meet. Above all, it means not having the opportunity to make a better life in the future.

Governments must ensure a significant increase in the level of quality and untied aid given to countries fighting poverty. Those countries must develop and enforce a supportive legislative and policy framework for children. We must fight together to eradicate child poverty, because only by investing in children can we break the cycle of poverty. And only then will there be real hope for the future.

Stand Up against Poverty, Make Noise for the MDGs 2010

About the Millenium Development GoalsFor the fourth year in a row, millions of people around the world will “Stand Up and Take Action” to demand that world leaders end poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs offer us a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes. 189 world leaders adopted the MDGs as part of the Millennium Declaration, agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 (LEARN MORE).The MDG's set an unprecedented global framework for development that is a crucial step towards ending poverty and inequality by 2015. The eight MDG goals include: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. Achieve universal primary education 3. Pro...

End Child Poverty Now!

End Child Poverty Now is a EuroChild-led campaign that aims to gather signatures from all across Europe to make EU decision-makers unite to finally eradicate child poverty in Europe. In January 2011, Eurochild will hand over the petitions to the European Parliament, European Commission, European Council and to the Council of Europe. EuroChild wants European political leaders to do everything possible to end child poverty. It encourages the EU institutions to take actions by: Setting clear targets to reduce child poverty, Producing an annual scoreboard on child well-being, Improving data collection and reporting on children, Showing what works and helping member states imp...

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year on October the 17th since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority. The initiative aims at concentrating efforts toward the goal of creating a poverty-free world.At the Millennium Summit, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half by the year 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty - people whose income is less than one dollar a day.The theme for this year’s International Day for th...

Global Day of Action on the Financial Transaction Tax

This year on 22 June the Global Day of Action on the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT)  is taking place in many places around the world The day takes place between the EU Finance ministers meeting on the 15 June and the European Council on 23-24 June. It’s a key moment to influence decision makers ahead of the G20 in November. The Financial Transaction Tax ia a realistic proposition considered by the IMF, the European Commission, the G20 and a number of national governments. This is an extraordinary turn around, in no small part due to the campaigning efforts of civil society organisations around the world. Supported by economists, politicians and civil society organisations from aro...

Teachers are worth their weight in gold

Countries like Zambia need more schools and teachers to enable all their children to get a quality education. But the loan conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mean that they must cut back on public spending in order to qualify for more credits, aid, and debt relief. Full debt cancellation financed through revaluation of the IMF’s gold reserves would enable poor countries to employ the teachers they need. Surely teachers are worth their weight in gold? Yet scandalously, the Zambian government is currently paying the IMF millions more than it spends on education. Speaking on the eve of the Labour Party Conference in September, Gordon Brown announced that the B...

Join the global call to action against poverty!

2005 is a year of great opportunity. We can really do something to change the world and make it a better place. The time has come to stop talking and start taking some action. If everyone who wants to see an end to poverty, hunger and suffering speaks out then the noise will be deafening. Politicians will have to listen. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2004 In 2005 many organisations and individuals working in support of the Global Movement for Children will be part of an unprecedented movement and coalition to call on world leaders to take action to deliver on their promises. The Global Call to Action against Poverty is a growing alliance of people, organisations, network...
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