Christians most ‘readied and powerful agents to eradicate global poverty’ : RSVP Press invite - Tuesday 25 January
GeneralJanuary 26, 2011
RSVP Press invitation:
Tuesday 25th January
2.35 – 2.50 pm (allow 20 minutes for security checks prior to entry)
House of Commons, Committee Room 13
Christians most ‘readied and powerful agents to eradicate global poverty’
More than 11,000 individual written pledges to help halve extreme poverty are being handed to MPs in Parliament.
The promises were made by tens of thousands of churchgoers across Britain on the iconic date 10.10.10 as part of What’s Your Promise?* On that date an estimated 60 million Christians around the world stood together in prayer to remember the poor.
These very promises will be handed over to MPs on January 25 in a committee room of the House of Commons. This will mark the culmination of a year-long campaign that seeks to remind countries of their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
In 2000 the UK signed up to the MDGs and, in doing so, joined 188 other nations in promising to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
Micah Challenge works by encouraging Christians around the world to hold their leaders accountable to these goals. With the focus during the What’s Your Promise? campaign being personal promises to act on poverty. These include pledges to lobby Parliament, buy Fair Trade products or give more to charity.
Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge, says: “The fact that 60 million Christians made promises shows that the global church is one of the most powerful and readied agents for change on poverty the world has ever seen.”
Among the MPs who received the promises during the campaign was Andrew George, representing St Ives, who said: “These promises have given me a clearer picture of the work that needs to be done if the government is to meet the MDGs in the next four years. The Christian maxim that “charity begins at home” means what it says. Charity begins at home, it doesn’t end there.”
Stephen O’Brien Undersecretary of State for International Development, who will receive the promises on behalf of the government, added: “It’s heartening to see the Church working with MPs to see the Millennium Development Goals met by 2015.”
·There will be a 5 minute question and answer session following the handover of promises
·Pictures available on request (after the event on Tuesday 25th January)
·Micah Challenge is a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015. (Visitwww.micahchallenge.org.uk for further information)
·* What’s Your Promise? is Micah Challenge’s UK campaign for 2010. It formed part of the wider Micah 2010 a larger global campaign. (Visit www.whatsyourpromise.org.ukto find out more about the UK campaign)