Make Poverty History projection onto the Sydney Opera House Photo: Michael Myers/OxfamAUS

Make Poverty History

Every minute counts

Right now, one in every six people around the world lives on less than $1 a day. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Make Poverty History is the largest anti-poverty movement in history and a global call to action to end the injustice of poverty. Make Poverty History is also concerned that climate change is affecting poor people in developing countries first and worst, and that without action to stop dangerous climate change we will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In Australia, Make Poverty History is a coalition of more than 60 aid agencies, community groups and religious organisations, including Oxfam Australia. The coalition is calling on all political parties to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by:

  • Increasing Australia’s aid and ensuring it is used effectively
  • Tackling climate change to make a safe climate for all
  • Eliminating hunger – ensuring there is food for all

This would be achieved by:

  • Increasing Australia’s overseas development assistance to 0.7% of gross national income
  • Focusing the Australian aid effort on achieving the MDGs
  • Cutting greenhouse emissions in developed countries by 40% by 2020
  • Providing our fair share of the US$150 billion for climate adaptation and mitigation needed globally by 2020. (This needs to be additional to overseas development assistance.)
  • Providing support and assistance to small-scale farmers in developing countries
  • Removing unfair subsidies and trade barriers in developed countries which negatively impact on farmers in developing countries

Make Poverty History needs your voice. Join the millions of people in Australia and around the world who are taking action to Make Poverty History.

Electoral forums

A series of Make Poverty History electoral forums were held around Australia in the lead-up to the federal election in August 2010. These forums were your chance to ask our political leaders their views and policies on tackling global poverty and achieving the MDGs, increasing Australia’s overseas aid commitments and developing adaptation funding and a global agreement on climate change.

Find out more

For more information about the campaign and the Australian coalition you can download the following resource or visit the Make Poverty History website.

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