Act on Poverty target Smashed twice – PM thanks CAFOD supporters

After last year’s general election, CAFOD supporters called on the new UK government to Act on Poverty, demanding action on aid, climate change and making business work for the poor.

The target we set was 10,000 action cards to No. 10 by 10.10.10.

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You smashed it long before October started. So we tentatively asked you to break the 20,000 mark. And your actions just kept on flooding in.

Over 26,000 of you called on the government to act, and your messages of support were presented to No. 10 by CAFOD campaigners, celebrity David Harewood and CAFOD Director Chris Bain in October last year.

Now, the Prime Minister has written personally in response to your efforts.

A fair and global climate deal

The Prime Minister stressed that “Reaching an ambitious and fair international agreement to tackle climate change is a key priority.” He went on to say that that the coalition government would work hard to re-establish momentum towards a fair deal on climate change. We’ll be holding them to account for their pledges as the UN talks continue in South Africa later this year.

To honour the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on aid by 2013

The Prime Minister also stated that the government will keep its promise to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on aid from 2013 stressing, “… we won’t balance the budget on the backs of the world’s poorest people”. Standing by this forty-year promise made at the UN will make a life-changing difference to millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world – and is particularly commendable in these difficult economic times.

Ensure businesses are accountable to people in poor countries affected by their operations

The Prime Minister echoed your ask by stating “It is essential that businesses operate in developing countries in a way that is socially responsible, environmentally sound and legally compliant.” He finished the letter by stating, “It is crucial that the international community maintains focus on these issues in the months ahead.”

Join us in urging our government to make real strides forward in their approach to the private sector, and get down to business by supporting more small businesses owned by poor men and women, this Lent.

It’s through your tireless work that the Prime Minister listened to your concerns.

And it’s through efforts like this that we can make a real, tangible and lasting difference to the lives of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

Thank you for all your campaigning efforts in 2010. We look forward to taking action with you again in 2011.

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