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MAKE POVERTY HISTORY: Dublin Rally Thursday 30 June

category dublin | summit mobilisations | feature author Sunday June 26, 2005 23:42author by Jon Glackin - Street Seenauthor email streetseen at hotmail dot co dot ukauthor phone 07743275533 Report this post to the editors

Assemble Parnell Square At 6.30 pm And Proceed To The Main Rally At Merrion Square At 7.15 pm


Photo Series of Dublin's Make Poverty History Rally

Millions of people around the World are trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty because of man-made factors: a glaringly unjust global trade system which favours the most powerful countries and punishes the poorest; demands from rich countries and global institutions for vast sums of money to service old debts, even those incurred by oppressive regimes and insufficient aid which never gets to where it is most needed. The gap between the World's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, AIDS, conflict and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions. But it isn't chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. It's man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid.

Back in 2001 the governments of the eight wealthiest nations on the planet said that they were going to do something about it. In what was seen as a breakthrough, they promised to halve World poverty by 2015. Four years later the World’s leaders are failing dismally to reach those targets.

The event will start at Parnell Square at 6.30 pm and lead to the main rally at Merrion Square at 7.15 pm. Everybody is urged to support this event and stand in solidarity with the poorest people around the world who are suffering the consequences of the debt burden, unjust trade rules and the failure of world leaders to meet their international commitments to deliver more and better aid.

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On Thursday 30 June, as leaders of the world's richest countries prepare to go to Scotland for the G8 summit, and tens of thousands of campaigners prepare to rally in Edinburgh, thousands will gather in Dublin to send a message to the G8 leaders:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

We want trade justice, debt cancellation, and more and better aid for the world's poorest countries. Be there. Make your voice heard. Make History in 2005.

‘Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life’
Nelson Mandela


MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY

Your participation at the demonstration in Dublin will be a clear sign that we care about global poverty and injustice. The more people attend the campaign the harder it is for the G8 to ignore the pledge for a better world. They will have to do something about it.

If we can change eight men’s minds, we can change 800 million lives.

The more people attend the Dublin rally the harder it is for the Irish Government to ignore the call to make good the solemn pledge at the United Nations in 2000 that Ireland would reach its Aid target by 2007.

The Dublin Rally will involve a Parade from Parnell Square to Merrion Square. This will be a family friendly event with a strong Scottish theme: G8 in Kilts, pipers and Nessy. The main prop will be the people forming a sea of white banners, T-shirts and flags. Once at Merrion Square there will be a few speeches (from Africa and Ireland) marking the historic moment followed by some first class Irish and African musicians .Already confirmed are Hothouse Flowers, The Devlins and the Walls. This will be the biggest Irish solidarity event focused on the poorest people in the world.


600 million children live in absolute poverty.

Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that's one child every three seconds.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Poverty doesn't occur by chance or bad luck.

Millions of people around the world are trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty because of man-made factors: a glaringly unjust global trade system which favours the most powerful countries and punishes the poorest; demands from rich countries and global institutions for vast sums of money to service old debts, even those incurred by oppressive regimes; insufficient aid which never gets to where it is most needed. The gap between the world's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, AIDS, conflict and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions. But it isn't chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. Its man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid.

Back in 2001 the governments of the eight wealthiest nations on the planet said that they were going to do something about it - in what was seen as a breakthrough, they promised to halve world poverty by 2015. Four years later the world’s leaders are failing dismally to reach those targets.


The event will start at Parnell Square at 6.30pm and lead to the main rally at Merrion Square at 7.15pm. Everybody is urged to support this event and stand in solidarity with the poorest people around the world who are suffering the consequences of the debt burden, unjust trade rules and the failure of world leaders to meet their international commitments to deliver more and better aid.

This event is also organised to afford Irish people an opportunity to be part of the world-wide movement, The Global Call To Action Against Poverty, which is organising protests around the world supported by millions of people. Organised in solidarity with the poorest people around the world who are suffering the consequences of the debt burden, unjust trade rules and the failure of world leaders to meet their international commitments to deliver more and better aid.
The MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY - IRISH CAMPAIGN June 30th Dublin Rally will, alongside this global movement, turn up the political pressure on the Irish government and world leaders to take action against global poverty and injustice in advance of the G-8 Summit in Scotland this July.


Debt
• Make Poverty History Campaign is urging the Irish government to press for debt cancellation to be extended to all countries that need it. All debt, not some of it.
• MPH views the G8 recent decision as a positive step: It will free up about $1 bn over the next ten years. Money that poor countries now have to pay off to rich countries, rather than invest in health care or education.
• But it’s not 100% debt cancellation for poor countries. Many countries are excluded from the debt cancellation. And many debts are excluded. And the debt cancellation will have to be paid for by reductions in future aid to the 18 countries involved.

Aid
• The government has broken its promise to meet our responsibility of spending 0.7% of GNP in aid. This is a massive let down to people in the developing world.
• This is a promise broken that was made in the name of the Irish people to the poor of the world.
• MPH is demanding that the Irish government deliver a credible plan for delivering on its overseas aid responsibilities. This means:
- committing to an early date to achieve the target of 0.7% of GNP – 2010 at the latest.
- outlining of a plan for each and every year until the target is reached
- providing the means to ensure the commitment is kept this time, eg. through legislation.
• Aid is needed now, not in 2015; We have committed ourselves to halving poverty by 2015. This requires investment NOW. Investment in health care, education, roads, etc. Waiting until 2015 is a recipe for failure.

Trade
• We are calling for action by the Irish government in support of fairer trade rules that benefit the poor.
• Trade rules are being set by the WTO (World Trade Organisation). At present, these are hugely stacked in favour of the rich countries. Rich countries are allowed to protect their “sensitive” industries (agriculture, textiles) but poor countries have to open up their markets at all costs.
• We are simply asking for a level playing field: the same rules should apply for rich and poor countries. That is Trade Justice



MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY
IRISH CAMPAIGN
PARTICIPANTS:

ActionAid Ireland, Afri, AidLink, Children InCrossfire ,Christian Aid, Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal, Comhlámh, Concern, CORI Justice Commission, Debt & Development Coalition Ireland, Dóchas, EAPN Ireland , ElectricAid, Fairtrade Mark Ireland, Friends of the Earth Ireland,Health & Development Network, IDEA, IFPA, IMU, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Irish Anti-War Movement, KADE, Mandate, Mercy Justice Office, National Youth Council of Ireland, Ocras International, Oxfam Ireland, Plan International, Presentation Justice Network,The Rose Project, Self Help Development International, Sightsavers International, Skillshare International Ireland
Slí Eile, Street Seen, Suas, Sustainable Ireland, Tearfund,Trócaire, UCD Development Studies Centre, Union of Students in Ireland, WorldVision Ireland, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Downloadable Posters/Web Banners are available at: http://www.debtireland.org/resources/poster.htm

author by w - dissentpublication date Mon Jun 27, 2005 14:45author address author phone 0877412431Report this post to the editors

Dissent have roughly 10seats left on our 5th-7th July trip to the G8 Summit if you're interested get in touch.

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Our 10 day trip is now full.

author by .:. @ * + € $ %publication date Mon Jun 27, 2005 21:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

23rd of June in Sicily alone 800 were brought in by the coast gaurd after local fishermen made the call.
More were beached in Malta, and yesterday four migrants were found adrift on a pedal craft [see photo].

They come because they are poor. The local fishermen who make the call are poor as well, but they are tired of fishing dead bodies from the sea.

The eight governments whose postures are repeated globally through the non-democratic mandate institutions of the World Bank, IMF and the democratic veneer organisations such as EU and Euro-council, have with the exception of the USA backed the recent campaigns to not only "make poverty history", but to make it cool and only a little short of genuinely holy and all the fault of Richard Mugabe.

I have this afternoon seen a press assistant to Mr Geldof tell Sky news that billions will watch the G8 event on telly and make a difference. Really some people shouldn't bother.

the problem with poverty is its image. Change its image, make it cool & pop. & everything will be ok.
the problem with poverty is its image. Change its image, make it cool & pop. & everything will be ok.

author by Coilín ÓhAiseadhapublication date Wed Jun 29, 2005 22:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm looking forward to the demonstration in Dublin tomorrow, but am perplexed by the following:
"The eight governments ... have with the exception of the USA backed the recent campaigns to not only "make poverty history", but to make it cool and only a little short of genuinely holy and all the fault of Richard Mugabe."

Would somebody please explain for me the distinction between the behaviour of the United States and the other countries? Is the United States excepted from blaming corrupt leaders for Africa's poverty, while the United Kingdom is included?

I genuinely don't get it and would sincerely like to understand.

Thanks in advance,
Coilín.

author by johnpublication date Mon Jul 04, 2005 16:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the thing i like about this is that it was in fact a pro capitalism march.

the economist sean barrett of ucd said once that if anywhere you were to organise a pro capitalism/globalisation march it would be in this country.
we owe our economic success to it.

the march was pro globalisation because one of the main issues it was calling for was the removal of trade barriers and the CAP.

removal of trade barriers is globalisation!!!

also anyone who studied african history will know that the main reason that these countries are so poor is because of the communist influence during the cold war. this is now over and the world including china has more or less accepted that capitalism is the most realistic way forward.

we by going on this march were effectively saying, "what you are doing is good, keep it going and keep your word"

author by Sherlock Holmespublication date Mon Jul 04, 2005 16:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

MPH is about Global Justice as is socialism and anarchism. Capitalism is about profit for the owners of capital and global injustice. Your historical understanding of Africa seems to have missed colonisation and the raping of Africa's resources. But of course communism was really to blame for all that.

author by Badmanpublication date Mon Jul 04, 2005 17:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... will know that the main reason that these countries are so poor is because of the communist influence during the cold war." Anybody who has studied african history on Mars maybe. Or is Liberia really a shining beacon of hope for Africa?

author by johnpublication date Mon Jul 04, 2005 19:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

do you not know what i am refferring to?
i am referring to the trade barriers and extreme protectionist policies that these countries were encouraged to put up during the cold war in an attempt to sidle up beside the USSR.
UNLIKE the european countries that formed the beginnings of the european unions in the form of a FREE trade zone.
fair trade by the way is FREE trade.

YES africa had its resources raped and all that but most of that was over by the sixties when the process of decolonisation tool place. that was the opportunity these countries had to improve themselves economically like the EU but they did not.
not by any serious fault of their own but by pressure from global politics at the time which required to take either a pro capitalist or communist stance. unfortunately they chose the losing side.

IF you in all wisdom took the time to LISTEN to bob geldolf you would hear that he is putting pressure on the G8 leaders to break down trade barriers which almost EVERY african farmer will tell you is the reason that they cannot make money in the long term.

I'll give you an economic textbook if you want if this is too hard to understand

author by Joepublication date Mon Jul 04, 2005 19:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Explain Liberia

author by Richard Whelanpublication date Tue Jul 05, 2005 17:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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