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Make this election count for the world's poor

March 26, 2010

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The UK General Election will take place very soon, on May 6, 2010. With a large number of new Members of Parliament (MPs) likely to be elected, Mercy Corps wants to make sure that the fight against poverty as well as the risks of climate change and its impact on developing countries feature highly on the agenda of every political party.

So we have engaged in a joint campaign, and endorsed the International Development Vote Global Manifesto, which asks all political parties to commit to fight poverty worldwide focusing on action in five key areas:

  • More and better aid and debt relief;
  • Tackling climate change;
  • Making the global economy work for the poor;
  • Good governance and addressing corruption; and
  • Responding to conflict situations

This manifesto, which was endorsed by 150 humanitarian and development non-governmental organizations (NGOs), was presented at each political party conference last September and has already been distributed to over 200 UK MPs and Prospective Parliamentarian Candidates.

Visit the website to find questions to ask your candidates, a handy map of local events and a lot more information about how you can make this election count for the world’s poor.