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A Call To End Global Poverty
Prominent Canadians Call For Renewed Foreign Aid Program

Press Conference Advisory

What do Margaret Atwood, Flora MacDonald and Maurice Strong have in common? They, along with over 25 prominent Canadians from the cultural, domestic, labour, business, environmental and international sectors, have joined the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), representing100 voluntary agencies, in calling on the government to renew its commitment to end global poverty.

A letter to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien will be made public at a news conference on Thursday March 11 at 11:00am in the Charles Lynch Press Room in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill.

These organizations and individuals, who have joined this call, believe that Canada needs a foreign aid program that is guided by an unequivocal focus on the elimination of poverty. The letter to the Prime Minister and Cabinet outlines steps that can be taken in order to make ending poverty the central focus of Canadian aid, bringing it more in line with what Canadians have clearly stated they want from their aid program.

Today 1.3 billion people live on less than $1 a day. Every year more than 9 million children under the age of five in developing countries die from preventable diseases. The gap between the rich and poor in Canada and around the world continues to widen.

This letter, "A Call to End Global Poverty", is part of CCIC’s in common campaign against global poverty.

For more information contact:

Katia Gianneschi
Media Relations
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
(613) 241-7007 ext. 311
katiag@ccic.ca

 

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