Canada Can Do Better for Global Poverty
In September 2015, world leaders will gather at the United Nations (UN) in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new development framework will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire this year.
From July 13-16, world leaders meet in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to discuss how to mobilize the money needed to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ask International Development Minister Christian Paradis and Finance Minister Joe Oliver to #DoBetter2015!
The SDGs have set an ambitious new framework for global development by putting people, and the planet, at the heart of development, and aiming to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. Realizing this agenda will require financial mobilization in the billions and trillions.
Yet in recent years, Canada’s aid budget has collapsed, dropping to 0.24% of Gross National Income, far from the 0.7% global target that Canadian parliamentarians endorsed only a decade ago. We are calling on Canada to Do Better!
Canada’s decline in foreign aid has not gone unnoticed. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called on Canada to contribute its fair share. And Canadians feel the same! In a recent poll, 94% of Canadians said it was important to improve health, education and economic opportunity for the world’s poorest, and 76% agreed that we have a moral obligation to do so.
Let’s put the fight against poverty and inequality front and center, both at home and globally!
Yours in Solidarity,
The MPH Steering Committee
For more information on other key asks about the SDGs and to follow the Canadian campaign, go to “We Can Do Better 2015”.