The United Nations estimates that when all 22 countries that signed the agreement meet the 0.7% goal, the resulting $195 billion each year will be enough to effectively end hunger and extreme poverty in the world. Let us see where all the countries stand in their contribution:
2006 International Aid Donated
COUNTRY Aid as % of income
How close to the 0.7% goal
Sweden 1.03 Already reached goal
Luxembourg 0.89 Already reached goal
Norway 0.89 Already reached goal
Netherlands 0.81 Already reached goal
Denmark 0.80 Already reached goal
Ireland 0.53 Scheduled for 2012
United Kingdom 0.52 Scheduled for 2013
Belgium 0.50 Scheduled for 2010
Austria 0.48 Scheduled for 2015
France 0.47 Scheduled for 2012
Switzerland 0.39 No schedule yet
Finland 0.39 Scheduled for 2010
Germany 0.36 Scheduled for 2014
Spain 0.32 Scheduled for 2012
Canada 0.30 No schedule yet
Australia 0.30 No schedule yet
New Zealand 0.27 No schedule yet
Japan 0.25 No schedule yet
Portugal 0.21 Scheduled for 2015
Italy 0.20 Scheduled for 2015
United States 0.17 No schedule yet
Greece 0.16 Scheduled for 2015
Source: OECD, www.poverty.com
The following petition has been extracted from http://www.poverty.com/letters/canada.html. Some additions have been made.
We ask the government to reflect on the fact that the UN General Assembly in 1970 adopted the 0.7 percent target as the international standard for foreign aid contribution under the leadership of Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. We ask the Canadian government to look back at this leadership of Canada in helping eradicate world poverty.
We also seek Canadian government to honour the agreement it made and signed at the 2002 Monterrey Conference and again at the 2002 Johannesburg Summit to make concrete efforts towards giving 0.7% of its national income in aid to poor countries.
It is specially important that the aid reaches the people in need and is not absorbed by bureaucracies or overseas national consultants.
The United Nations estimates that when all 22 countries that signed the agreement meet the 0.7% goal, the resulting $195 billion each year will be enough to effectively end hunger and extreme poverty in the world.
We commend the countries that have already reached the 0.7% goal: Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. We also commend the countries that have set up a schedule to meet the 0.7% goal: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
We respectfully ask Canada, one of the six remaining countries, to honor its agreement and set up a schedule to reach the 0.7% goal.