Thousands march to eliminate global poverty

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27 June 2005, MADRID — Thousands of people marched through the Spanish capital and other cities to call for greater global efforts to eliminate poverty.

27 June 2005

MADRID — Thousands of people marched through the Spanish capital and other cities to call for greater global efforts to eliminate poverty.

Members of non-governmental organisations, political parties, labour unions, grassroots organisations and Catholic groups took part in the demonstration to press for greater efforts to meet the United Nations Millennium development goals.

Spanish Alliance against Poverty members and labour leaders were at the head of the marchers, carrying a banner that read "Zero Poverty. No excuses. Who Owes Whom?"

Ceremonies to draw attention to the war against poverty were staged in 21 other Spanish cities.

The march in Madrid drew more than 50,000 people, according to organisers.

The UN Millennium development goals were signed in 2000 by 189 world leaders.

The eight goals are to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.

The demonstration, the first of a series scheduled in 120 countries to coincide with the Group of Eight (G-8) meeting in Scotland 6 July, ended with the reading of a statement by film director Benito Zambrano.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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