1.4 Billion Reasons to Make Poverty History

Poor children who would benefit from the launch of 'Making Poverty History.'
Poor children who would benefit from the launch of 'Making Poverty History.'

A new global anti-poverty campaign has taken up the challenge of attempting to Make Poverty History.

And local people are being offered the chance to support the new group, the Global Poverty Project, at a meeting in St Andrews next week.

Started by a couple of committed Australians, the project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation. And they hope to achieve that by increasing the number of people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty.

A ground-breaking presentation called 1.4 Billion Reasons is currently being viewed across the world, spreading the message.

Based on leading research, the presentation articulates the facts of extreme poverty and demonstrates how everyone can do something to help.

The target is to get every nation to provide 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to foreign aid and to ensure that aid is used to alleviate poverty.

They want to work towards fair and balanced global trading with the removal of protectionist export subsidies and to dramatically increase the market share of equitably traded goods.

And governments, NGOs and the private sector are being supported to provide the effective funding to implement the Millennium Development Goals.

For anyone in the St Andrews area looking to play their part, a meeting has been arranged for Monday, April 16, in the Garden Suite at the Scores Hotel starting at 7.30 pm.

The 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation will be played at the event which will also be addressed by Brian Miller, a guest lecturer on the Aberdeen University sustainable international development course.

With 30 years experience working in the oil and gas sector, in 2009 Mr Miller set up his own coaching and consultancy business providing support to a number of charities.

He has a long-standing interest in social justice and has previously been involved in sponsoring aid projects with Oxfam and independent charities, setting up medical services in Romania and child care in Uganda and has written advocacy papers on climate change.

The event at the Scores Hotel is sponsored by the university’s Foreign Affairs Society and the Rotary Club of St Andrews.

Tickets are available from those organisations or on the door on the night with a minimum donation of £5 towards “making poverty history.”