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ERIC Number: EJ877379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Acting to End Poverty
Thompson, Jane
Adults Learning, v16 n7 p15-17 Mar 2005
In this article, the author talks about a gathering that was marching through the dusty Brazilian streets of Porto Alegre. 200,000 noisy representatives of civil society from the global South, together with dedicated supporters from more privileged countries like UK, travelled across continents to insist that "another kind of world is possible". For five days of self-managed discussions and workshops, energetic public meetings and marches, inspired cultural action and spirited internationalism, the chance to be part of the 2005 World Social Forum made its vision of another reality seem less like a dream. The World Social Forum in Brazil was the occasion to launch the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. The Global Call to Action Against Poverty represents a worldwide alliance, committed to making world leaders keep their promises, and to making a breakthrough against poverty in 2005. It is not a formal institution but a coming together of hundreds of organisations from different backgrounds all over the globe--from trade unions to religious groups and from the biggest international coalitions to the smallest civil society organisations. The campaign calls for a shift in national and international policies to eliminate poverty and to achieve and exceed the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The author argues that with the same kind of energy and commitment that was displayed at the World Social Forum in Brazil, 2005 could be the year in which North and South come together around the conviction that realising human rights is Great Britain's best strategy for ending poverty and ensuring a life of dignity for all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil