On Thursday 3rd February, Nelson Mandela will be coming to London at the invitation of Make Poverty History coalition to endorse the biggest anti-poverty campaign ever and meet with the finance ministers of the world's richest countries.
He will be addressing a crowd of thousands in Trafalgar Square in London to put pressure on world leaders to make good on their promises to increase and improve aid for the poor, deliver trade justice and provide further debt relief. He will also as well as calling on the public to join the campaign and take action.
Mr Mandela will be coming to London on the eve of the G7 (Group of 7 industrialised Countries) Finance Ministers meeting in London where it is hoped that rich countries will make significant steps in cutting dropping the debts of developing countries which currently costs them $39 billion a year.
White bands, the symbol of the campaign, will adorn the square, Nelson's Column and will be worn by members of the public.
Adrian Lovett of the Make Poverty History coalition said:
"Nelson Mandela's presence in London sends a clear signal from one of the world's greatest heroes that 2005 is the year when we strike a huge blow against world poverty.
"His presence is not only a rallying cry to the public to get involved, but serves notice to rich countries that the world will not put up with false promises, delays and hollow sound bites.
"This has to be the year that rich countries take action and increase their aid budgets, reform the rules of trade and finally end the debt burden that is destroying the livelihoods of millions of people".
This has to be the year that rich countries take action and increase their aid budgets, reform the rules of trade and finally end the debt burden that is destroying the livelihoods of millions of people".
The Make Poverty History coalition is calling on the public to do three things:
- Come to Trafalgar Square to hear Nelson Mandela's rallying call at midday on Thursday 3 February.
- Show their support for the campaign by wearing the white band, available online at www.makepovertyhistory.org
- Tell Tony Blair to do all in his power to make poverty history in 2005 by emailing him by emailing him through the www.makepovertyhistory.org.