Global Call to Action Against Poverty
United Nations' Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Briefing 167 October 2007
In 2005 the biggest ever anti-poverty movement came
together under the banner of Make Poverty History. UNISON members
in Scotland played a vital role in the success of the Edinburgh
events. UNISON is again asking members to support the fight against
poverty through a Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
and a global day of action on October 17th to put pressure on
world leaders to take urgent action to end poverty and equality.
UNISON Scotland is asking members to email Gordon Brown asking
him to take the lead on this important issue.
Global Call to Action against Poverty
GCAP is the world's largest civil society movement.
National coalitions from over a hundred countries, including trade
unions, community groups, charities and faith groups are joining
together to demand:
Public accountability, just governance and
the fulfilment of human rights
Increase in the quality and quantity of aid
Gender equality at the heart of eradicating
Last October 17th over 23 million people
Stood Up Against Poverty across the world. As well as raising
awareness of the issues the event set a Guinness World Record.
This year the actions will be bigger and bolder. UNISON is urging
members to continue their support for the fight against poverty
Day of Action
Across the world delegates will be meeting with
world leaders urging them to take action in the fight against
poverty. A delegation will attend the Annual Meeting of the international
financial institutions (World Bank and IMF) with specific demands.
Individual politicians will also be targeted. In Scotland plans
include: themed action cards sent to Gordon Brown; public meetings
in key MPs' constituencies; an advocacy event at the Scottish
Parliament and a Poverty Requiem in St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow.
UNISON is focusing on asking world leaders to work
harder to achieve those Millennium Goals which relate to the delivery
of and access to public services(see further info section).Issues
which members understand through their roles in the delivery of
public services in Scotland.
Access to sanitation and drinking water through
public water provision
Reduced maternal and child mortality through
improved access to health care
Universal primary education equal girls enrolment
in primary school
Action for Branches
UNISON is urging members to support the day of
action by organising a mass emailing of Gordon Brown: linking
their work in public services with the campaign for free public
services the world's poorest countries. Members can either send
their own letters/emails or use the link on the UNISON website
to send a pre written email.
Encourage as many members as possible to contact
Organise events in workplaces on 17th
October. Have someone read the STAND UP and SPEAK OUT
pledge. Ask everyone to crouch down, then to STAND UP
Promote your workplace event in the local
Attend public meetings organised in their
own areas. Details on the GCAP website.
Support the Poverty requiem on October 17th.
Tickets are available on the door. Rehearsals on 9th
and 16th October
This letter/email and versions for education, health
and utilities workers are available on the UNISON
Scotland website to use as automated e-cards or to copy as
letters or emails. There is also an e-card on the GCAP website.
Contact details for Gordon Brown:
RT Hon Gordon Brown MP
318/324 High Street
Or the Downing Street contact page.
Dear Mr Brown
I am contacting you today to ask you to STAND UP
AND SPEAK OUT against poverty and inequality on October 17th
and support the Global Call to Action against Poverty.
In September 2005 you said that
"We owe it to all the people who suffer
needless pain and avoidable deaths, owe it to every child denied
the chance to go to school, owe it to every human being who goes
hungry every night, let us join together to affirm that, to finally
and truly make poverty history, Britain will lead a worldwide
effort to ensure for the poorest countries free public services,
universal free schooling for all children and free universal health
care for all who need it."
As a public service worker I recognise the key role
of the public sector in the fight to eradicate poverty. I applaud
your commitment to free public services. I urge to use your influence
to push other leaders to keep their promises. There is a real
opportunity to transform the lives of millions of people. Please
STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT
Please support the Global day of Action against
Poverty and ensure that the work you started at Make Poverty
History in 2005 continues. Let the P and I team know about
your plans and send in photographs of your activities after the
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