At 730 this morning each volunteer donned a Helle mask and posed outside Parliament. The message was simple: if Europe had 27 Helles we would be on track to keep our aid promise to the world’s poor.
While it’s biologically unlikely to clone Helle like we did in our picture, we are calling on all 27 EU leaders to be like PM Thorning-Schmidt in one vital area: Denmark is one of only 4 EU Member States to have gone beyond its promise to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid.
The more than 30,000 ONE members who have signed our latest petition supported the following message that will be delivered to a representative of PM Thorning-Schmidt today:
“During your negotiations on the next seven year EU budget please agree to the level of international aid proposed in 2011, to ensure the EU continues to build on the amazing progress it has achieved in the fight against extreme poverty”.
We are delivering this petition today as DANIDA (Denmark’s Government Aid Agency) has brought together European Development Ministers for an important meeting on European Aid. We’re asking Denmark to pass on the message of our members to other European leaders within ongoing talks on the EU budget where aid spending is at risk.
This matters because EU aid has made a huge difference. Between 2004 and 2009, more than 9 million children were enrolled in primary education, more than 5 million were vaccinated against measles, and more than 31 million people were connected to clean water thanks to EU aid.
It was a cold, clear morning in Copenhagen but spirits were high among the Helles. Thanks to all of them for getting up so early and a special mention to ONE member Inger Kristensen who travelled for two and a half hours by train just to be with us this morning!
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