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Rome, July 7, 2009: On the eve of the G-8 Summit, the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) in Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in Rome in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. The stunt was part of the “Press the 8” campaign which encourages citizens to pressure G-8 leaders to deliver on their promises at this week’s summit.


The United Nations Millennium Campaign is warning that the ongoing economic crisis is likely to bring the economies of many developing countries to the brink of collapse and threatens the very survival of their citizens. According to the African Development Bank, countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya could run out of foreign reserves to purchase goods necessary for survival in a matter of weeks. At the same time, countries including Laos, Senegal, Uganda, Cape Verde and Sudan are cutting expenditures on poverty alleviation for desperately poor citizens.


The day before the General Assembly’s high-level summit on the economic crisis, the Director of the Millennium Campaign says financial institutions have received ten times more money in bailouts in the past year than poor countries have received in aid in the past 49 years – showing that finding money is a matter of political will, not lack of resources.


June 23, 2009 – The United Nations Millennium Campaign today released an analysis showing that since the inception of aid (overseas development assistance) almost 50 years ago, donor countries have given some $2 trillion in aid. And yet over the past year, $18 trillion has been found globally to bail out banks and other financial institutions. The amount of total aid over the past 49 years represents just eleven percent of the money found for financial institutions in one year.


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On June 19th, actions across the global are dedicated to the MDGs. 10 Days of Action: Countdown to Commitments is a collaborative effort by organizations and networks advocating for a more just, equitable and sustainable global economy leading up the UN Conference on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Developing Countries from 24-26 June, 2009.

Rome, June 12, 2009: On the occasion of the G-8 Development Minister’s Meeting that took place at the Foreign Ministry in Rome on June 11-12, GCAP Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. A huge weight with the word “crisis” crushed southern poor people while representations of G-8 leaders remained indifferent and kept on drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. The stunt occurred as development ministers met to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries and sustainable development.


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Rome, May 29, 2009: The award ceremony for the creative competition “Little authors of great thoughts: G-8 children write to the big leaders” today took place at Villa Wolkonsky, residence of the British Ambassador in Italy, in the presence of British Ambassador Edward Chaplin, actor Colin Firth, Italian Millennium Campaign Coordinator Marta Guglielmetti and Tavola della Pace Coordinator Flavio Lotti. Even the President of the Republic of Italy sent a message to the young authors.


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National and sub-national elections provide important opportunities to establish, reaffirm or redirect development priorities. This short guidebook describes how and why the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be important to this process—towards the larger end of achieving human development and a better, more equitable world.


Rome, May 4-5, 2009: The City of Rome today hosted 260 delegates from over 40 countries at the Civil G-8, the forum where representatives of civil society and the most industrialized countries have gathered to tackle some of the most important issues on the agenda for the upcoming G-8 summit. Issues on the agenda include global governance, climate change and the environment, funding for development, health, education, employment, gender equality and the fight against poverty.


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A moderated e-discussion on the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, jointly organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNDP, will be held as part of the preparatory process for the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development. For more information about the e-discussion, visit: http://www.un.org/ga/econcrisissummit/edis.shtml