The Global Call to Action against Poverty is a world-wide alliance committed to urge world leaders to live up to their promises, and to make a breakthrough on poverty in 2005. For further details on the global campaign please see www.whiteband.org
The Global Call to Action against Poverty is made up of national campaigns around the world. A Maltese platform as part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty has just been set up, with nine co-ordinating organisations already adhering to this campaign. For further details please also see http://www.whiteband.org/national/mt
The Maltese platform will be campaigning under the slogan StoPoverty! / Neqirdu l-Faqar! .
The manifesto of our campaign can be seen at www.stopovertymalta.org/manifesto
The StoPoverty! / Neqirdu l-Faqar! organisers believe more can be done in ending poverty and have thus called on almost all Maltese Civil Society Organisations, to adhere to this campaign.
Throughout 2005, three specific activities will be held on a local level to coincide with activities throughout the world. A white band will be the one major symbol bringing together all the campaigns from around the world. The three main dates during 2005 where people will be wearing the white band internationally, to demonstrate how many people believe that now is the time to eradicate poverty, will be:
- July 1st 2005 - To put pressure on world leaders before the G8 (group of eight most industrialised nations) meeting, to be held in Scotland the 6 th and 8 th of July, and force them to make decisions to benefit the world's poorest people.
- 10th September 2005 - We are five years into the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, and the world is way off track for 2015. Between the 14 th and 16 th of September 2005, the United Nations will review the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, and this is our opportunity to make sure that the world leaders at least keep these promises to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty.
- 10th December 2005.
It is envisaged that during the months and weeks preceding the 1 st of July a number of educational activities and advocacy initiatives will be held.