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10.10.10: new york churches to pray as world leaders review un poverty promises 

As part of Micah Challenge's 10.10.10 campaign mobilizing Christians to remind Governments to remember the poor, Micah Challenge is now calling hundreds of New York Christians to a Worship Service in the city next Monday to remember and pray for the poor.

The Worship Service will be held at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, 221 East 52nd Street, New York, from 7-9pm - just blocks from the United Nations where around 140 world leaders will gather for the UN MDG Review Summit to talk about world progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

The service will highlight a global need for good governance and the promotion of political stability, with a keynote speaker from Micah Challenge Haiti - Jean-Valery Vital Herne, and Rt Revd James TengatengaBishop of Southern Malawi. The Head of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Geoff Tunnicliffe and Joel Edwards, the International Director of Micah Challenge, will be joined by leaders from World Vision, Tearfund, Bread for the Hungry, the Global Poverty Project and others. The Worship Service is being hosted in partnership with Salvation Army International, the New York Faith & Justice Network, and the Anglican Communion at the United Nations.

Media are cordially invited: please email to reserve a media place and book an interview:  [email protected]


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Earlier this week, the UN Secretary–General spoke out strongly urging leaders to make the decisions made at the Summit historic.

"First and foremost, we have to make the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals a great success. One hundred and thirty-nine Heads of State and Government are expected to attend this Summit meeting. The outcome document has already been agreed, for adoption at the Summit meeting. A simple yet crucial message runs through the text: the goals can be achieved. The MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) are difficult and ambitious, but doable.  Many poor countries have made enormous progress.  The world as a whole is on-track to reduce poverty by half by 2015 - a tremendous achievement.” 
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary–General

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With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the UN Summit comes at a time of economic and food crises that threaten the global effort to halve extreme poverty. Months of negotiation by nations around the world has led to the Draft Outcome Document which will be formally agreed by leaders at the Summit. You can read this document by clicking here

The response to this document has been lukewarm. There is a sense that nice words are not enough: promises need action. 

As Christians we know the importance of promises, so on 10.10.10 we are asking leaders to remember that their promises are more than words. They need commitment and effort - just like the effort that Nehemiah and his people needed to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. The 10.10.10 global prayer is based on the prayer of Nehemiah, a man who understood that prayer, action and persistence are needed to achieve just outcomes. 

Please join us in praying for bold leadership at the meeting. Please also get involved in 10.10.10 so we can send an urgent Biblical message to governments that we must remember the poor. Download the prayer and all the resources  by clicking here.

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