#International Affairs
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

The most important high-level meeting to combat poverty for 6 years takes place in a few days time (September 25) presided over by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. It is tasked with nothing less than the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals themselves - providing clean water, sanitation, medical care and education to the world’s poorest people.

Please put your name to the letter below which we will be presenting to the Secretary General.

For more information on the work of Stamp Out Poverty, please visit: www.stampoutpoverty.org.

Dear Secretary-General,

We welcome the initiative you have shown in organizing a major conference on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the UN on 25 September.

At this time of financial uncertainty with food and fuel prices rising across the globe, it is increasingly clear that more has to be done to honour our compact with the world’s poor.

According to the Department for International Development (DFID); almost 10 million children die each year before their fifth birthday of preventable diseases; more than half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth; every day over 6,800 people become infected with HIV and over 5,700 people die from AIDS.

If we are going to plug the funding gap to meet the MDGs and cover the additional costs of helping the world’s poorest people adjust to the devastating affects of Climate Change, we need new sources of additional aid now.

We are delighted that earlier this year you referred to the Currency Transaction Development Levy as an important potential source of revenue. We are pleased that you have created the new post of Special Representative on Innovative Financing and that the new incumbent Philippe Douste-Blazy, has strongly endorsed this proposal in a plenary session of the UN in April.

We ask you to do all in your power to persuade countries such as the UK to adopt currency levies at the earliest opportunity to boost aid spending.

Please don’t let 2008 be the year our generation is remembered for betraying promises rather then honouring them.

I look forward to hearing your response.

Yours sincerely,

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The Meeting the Millennium Promise petition to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon was written by Richard Wyatt and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.