You did it! The majority of the European Parliament commits to fighting extreme poverty

  • ONE Youth Ambassadors converge on the European Parliament in Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge. Photo: ONE

  • MEP Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, signing the pledge with ONE Youth Ambassadors. Photo: ONE

  • ONE Youth Ambassadors converge on the European Parliament in Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge. Photo: ONE

  • 376th signer, MEP Elmar Brok, EPP, Germany, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, with ONE staff Gian Marco. Photo: ONE

  • ONE Youth Ambassadors converge on the European Parliament in Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge. Photo: ONE

  • ONE Youth Ambassadors converge on the European Parliament in Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge. Photo: ONE

Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I am very excited to tell you something we could only dream of a few months ago.

The majority of the European Parliament is publicly committed to support the fight against extreme poverty!

This incredible achievement is thanks to more than 71,000 ONE members who took time to sign the ONE VOTE 2014 petition and to send messages to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the ONE VOTE 2014 tracker.

We also couldn’t have done this without the unstoppable ONE Youth Ambassadors who tirelessly emailed, phoned and met MEPs in person, persuading them to sign the pledge. So THANK YOU all ONEsters – you made this happen.

But what does this news mean exactly?

It means more than 376 out of 751 MEPs have signed our pledge to promise to use their power in the European Union to build support for the poorest countries, especially through investments in agriculture, healthcare and access to energy, and to make governments and businesses more transparent and accountable. See exactly which MEPs signed.

The next job is to make sure that they keep their promises over the next five years by ensuring that EU laws make it easier for the world’s poor to lift themselves out of poverty. Whenever an opportunity arises to do this, whether that’s cracking down on corruption or protecting overseas aid, we’ll be there to remind them of this public promise they have made.

And we’ll need your help to do this.

Virtually eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 is possible. Today we’ve taken a big step closer to that possibility becoming a reality. If you played a part in that, thank you.

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