10 powerful quotes from Mandela’s Make Poverty History speech

10 powerful quotes from Mandela’s Make Poverty History speech


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In 2005, Nelson Mandela gave his now famous speech at the Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, calling on world leaders to make poverty history ahead of the G7 talks being hosted in the UK.

Addressing a staggering 22,000 people, Nelson Mandela, along with Bob Geldof and ONE’s very own Adrian Lovett, outlined the three demands that underpinned the Make Poverty History campaign, carving the way for the eradication of extreme poverty to be realised.

Although we have achieved a lot over the last 10 years, and progress is definitely being made, there are some pretty powerful points that Mandela laid out in his speech that still ring true today.

Today, we’re looking at the 10 times Mandela was spot on when it came to his views on ending extreme poverty:

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His view on the abolition of slavery:

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His view on the steps that need to be taken to end extreme poverty:

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His message to world leaders:

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His message to *US*:


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