Make Poverty History
Half the world's population still lives on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night and 50,000 people die each day from poverty-related causes. In Canada, an average of 1 in 10 children lives in poverty. In First Nations communities, one in four children lives in poverty.
Make Poverty History Canada is part of an active, engaged anti-poverty movement that is raising its global voice and calling for an end to the needless suffering that results from unequal access to resources and a lack of imagination for a better future. Read on, and join hundreds of thousands of Canadians in the fight to end poverty.
In 2000, world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and promised to "spare no effort" in the fight to end poverty. The MDGs are minimum standards that are attainable by the target date of 2015. Progress to-date is now threatened by climate change and the global economic crisis. Unless we significantly scale up our efforts, we will not achieve these goals—with tragic consequences for the world’s most vulnerable people.
Canada is not doing its part.
In the area of development aid, Canada now ranks 16th out of 22 donor countries. Despite repeated promises, we currently give less than half the agreed-upon international commitment of 0.7% of gross national income.
Compared with most developed countries, Canada has a higher rate of poverty and a faster-growing gap between rich and poor.
Canada is among the top emitters of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
Canada is the only country to have reneged on its international obligations to fight climate change and has undermined efforts to reach a new accord.
Call To Action
Canadians must take bold action to end poverty at home and abroad. We call on our governments to be leaders in this effort, both in Canada and around the world. We seek urgent and positive action in three key areas:
- Be a leader in reducing global poverty.
- Implement a plan to reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty in Canada.
- Reduce the impact of climate change on poor countries.