Prime Minister Harper responded positively to calls from Make Poverty History supporters for a maternal and child health initiative at the recently concluded G8 Summit. The Canadian government pledged $1.1 Billion over 5 years that together with funds pledged by other countries will help to save over million women and children’s lives. That is a big achievement and it helps to build momentum for renewed efforts to achieve all the 8 Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015.
Now we need you to urge the Prime Minister to follow through on the G8 Maternal and Child Health Initiative by going to the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals which will take place from September 20 to 22. Ask him to push for a re-doubling of global efforts to get all the Millennium Development Goals back on track.
Significant progress was being made in reducing global poverty and hunger and improving health and education, and access to water and sanitation and promoting gender equality since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. But with only 5 years to go before the target date of 2015, progress on some of the 8 goals have stalled or even reversed because of the impacts of climate change, the food price crisis, and the global economic crisis. Progress could also be threatened by freezing or cutting of aid budgets by donor countries. Canada has announced it will freeze aid at 2010 levels in 2011.
Canada has made some important contributions towards achieving some of the 8 Millennium Development Goals. But it lags behind many other donor countries, and has not done its share on some of the key goals as documented in Make Poverty History’s recently released Canadian MDG Report 2010.
Send a message to Prime Minister Harper now that we need Canada to commit to a bold action plan at the UN MDG Summit to get back on track to achieving all of the 8 MDG goals by 2015. Tell him Canada can’t contribute its fair share to this global effort without unfreezing its aid budget and adopting a timetable to get to the 0.7% of national income UN aid target.
Also, on September 17-19, join with tens of thousands of Canadians to Stand Up and tell our government to get back on track and keep its promises at home and abroad. Read more about Stand Up »