13 August 2009 1.4 Billion Reasons to End Extreme Poverty
The time to end extreme poverty is now and Australia is showing the way
The Global Poverty Project is presenting 1.4 Billion Reasons, an initiative to catalyse the world movement to end extreme poverty.
Led by former Young Australian of the Year Hugh Evans -- who was a member of the team behind the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign -- the Global Poverty Project aims to help the planet's poorest 1.4 billion people to be lifted out extreme poverty -- those living on less than a $1.25 a day.
1.4 Billion Reasons will be presented on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, 22 August 2009.
With the support of Hugh Jackman, Global Advisor to the Global Poverty Project, and an expert panel, Hugh and co-founder, Simon Moss, have developed a presentation that powerfully communicates the challenges and opportunities around tackling extreme poverty, working as a platform to inspire and enable individuals to become actively involved in eradicating poverty.
Inspired by An Inconvenient Truth, the initiative advocates the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals, developed in 2000 and adopted by 189 countries with the objective of improving the lives of the world's poorest people by 2015. This year, the Government has increased Australia's official development assistance contribution to 0.34% of our gross national income, and remains committed to its election promise of hitting 0.5% by 2015.
Aussie musicians Lior, Evermore and Missy Higgins have pledged their dedication to the project along with renowned economist, Jeff Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute), Salil Shetty (Director of the UN Millennium Campaign) and AusAID. A feature film is also planned to reach and inspire a global audience.
Hugh Evans says, "The campaign to end extreme poverty has lost momentum, partly because of the focus on the current global financial crisis".
"We need to reignite that momentum and inspire Australians to take action against this global issue. There is a misconception that people, especially Aussies, are lazy and unprepared to get involved, but as we've witnessed in the past with MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY, by educating people about the issue we can make real tangible gains to stamp out extreme poverty", says Hugh.
"The aim of the Global Poverty Project is to communicate, in an easy to understand format, that extreme poverty is a global issue, it is the responsibility of all individuals and that it can be eradicated. We hope to do for global poverty what Gore did for climate change".
The free 90 minute presentation will showcase across major cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand, with plans to also bring the presentation to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA.
1.4 Billion Reasons is a FREE public presentation, for more information and tour dates visit www.globalpovertyproject.com.
Facts: Extreme Poverty at a Glance
* Nearly one in six people are going hungry, despite the fact that there is more than enough food to feed the global population
* 500,000 women die each year from causes related to child birth
* 27,000 children under the age of five die each day from preventable diseases
* 5000 children die from diarrhoea-related diseases every day
* 1.2 billion people in the world do not have a toilet
The Global Poverty Project
The Global Poverty Project is co-founded by Hugh Evans and Simon Moss and is funded by the UN Millennium Campaign and AusAID, supported by Google.
Date Saturday, 22 August 2009
Location Goodlife Community Centre, 100 Buderim Pines Dr, Buderim
Contact: Clare Downes +61 423 706 510, Tour Manager, Global Poverty Project
Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim
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