- Follow Joel as he travels the globe inspiring you, the Church, to become a voice on poverty for Christians. We pray you will be informed, become engaged and speak out for justice.
In a historic vote on transparency, the European Parliament voted to adopt rules that compel all EU-listed companies as well as private companies to publish all payments over €100,000 to governments where they operate. And it's really significant, for not only will they have to publish the sums, but they also need to identify individual projects in every nation in which they do business.
There is a lot of good news about poverty these days. A few days ago the High-level Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon turned in its 12-point recommendations about the future fight against poverty in the world beyond 2015. Have a look at Amanda Jackson's summary for a brief review.
What's encouraging is that many of the 8 MDG goals of the past 13 years have survived.
But there seems to have been a spate of unusual and positive abdications in recent times.
Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr wrote his famous ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’. It was a considered and poignant response to a number of white clergy who thought that his civil rights actions against segregation in America, was anti Christian.
Today (5 April 2013) marks the 1000 days countdown to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - those 8 promises which the world made in September 2000 to halve extreme poverty by 2015. These promises ignited the work we are doing as Micah Challenge - gathering Christians across 40 nations to hold our governments to the promises they have made.
It’s been an amazing journey. And part of its amazement is the fact that as I travel around the world, I discover that so many people still have no idea what ‘MDGs’ mean. And when they do, the next question is usually, "How is it going: are the promises going to be kept by 2015?"
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