Target: Members of the U.S. Congress
Goal: Ensure Congress continues the fight against worldwide hunger and poverty.
Ending poverty and hunger around the world has reached an impasse. In 2012 only forty-five out of eighty-four countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of decreasing hunger and poverty by half by the year 2015. While extreme poverty is falling in almost every region, the rate at which it is decreasing has declined.
The Millennium Development Goals are a set of eight goals designed by the United Nations to make the world a better place. They include things like education, gender equality, better healthcare, but the first goal on this list is reducing hunger and poverty. Once that goal is achieved, it will help to stimulate the achievement of the other seven goals.
With a little over three years remaining, getting funding to assist in this goal has proven difficult, and nearly 900 million people around the world are still undernourished. Congress is looking for ways to decrease deficits in the budget, and while funding for foreign assistance is less than one percent of the U.S. Federal Budget, that small percentage is imperative to reaching this goal, and eventually ending hunger and poverty all together.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Congress to allocate funding to countries around the world and to stay on track to accomplish the Millennium Development Goal of ending extreme poverty and hunger.
Dear Members of Congress,
The Millennium Development Goal to cut poverty and hunger in half by 2015 needs to be at the forefront of your budget dividends. While we have made great strides at improving the general status of the world, it is simply not good enough. 900 million people still remain in a state of hunger and poverty,
It is imperative to keep funding for poorer countries to decrease poverty and save millions of lives. Right now less that one percent of the budget is allocated for this type of funding, and any less could be detrimental to the Millennium Development Goal and the world as a whole.
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