#International Affairs
Australian Government

The Millennium Development Goals were signed by 191 Heads of Government (including Australia) in 2000 and they they pledged to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected.”

Whilst the Australian Government is supportive of the MDGs and has made commitments to the global community to reaching 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) in overseas development assistance (ODA) by 2015/16, we give one of the lowest rates of all the OECD countries. The Rudd Government is working to raising ODA to 0.5% by 2015/16 - whilst we applaud the Government for this, we believe we should strive to set a timeline to reach the 0.7% target.

We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Government to set a time-line for achieving the 0.7% Gross National Income (GNI) target for Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) by 2015/16.

We urge the Government to match its rhetoric with action, and to fulfill the commitments that we have already pledged to the global community. The Millennium Development Goals represent the best way for Australia to help end the suffering of the 1.4 billion people who currently live in extreme poverty.

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