Action2015-Liberia, a local group will tomorrow, July 11, launch Global Day of Action Finance Our Future which will be marked by a street parade in inpoverish West Point Township, Monrovia .
Other activities planned for the day include sport tournament at which time activists will use the opportunity to call on Liberian leaders to keep their promises to end poverty, inequality and climate change.
On the same day, Action/2015 Liberia will launch the Global Day of Action (Finance Our Future) in Liberia .
The launch is an awarness about how leaders and citizens can put an end to poverty, inequality, and climate change.
The program, which will he held simonteneously around the world, will start with a parade from the Liberia Electricity Coperation Gate to the KRU’s Beach pitch at 10:30 AM.
During the launch, a one day turnament between the kickball and football teams of upper and lower West Point will clash and winne is expected to walk away hamsome prizes and awards.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Samuel Chanchan, action/2015 Focal Person in Liberia said the summit could be a game changer, but unless governments does more to provide vital funding for essential services, the global goals about to be agreed by the United Nations will only amount to a gesture.
”Commitments on international tax cooperation, development assistance and targeted spending toward those living in poverty are hanging in the balance at this week’s summit. We’re here to tell leaders that the time for empty promises is over,” he said.
According to him the program will take place in more than 70 cities around the world, including Monrovia. Tens-of-thousands of campaigners backed by leaders such as Desmond Tutu are taking to the streets to call on governments to fairly fund essential services, honour their aid commitments and crackdown on tax evasion.
Samuel explained that demonstrations – part of the action/2015 movement – come on the eve of the third Financing for Development Summit in Addis Ababa, Etheopia (13-16 July, 2015), at which Heads of State and finance ministers are being called upon to fund the next 15 years of sustainable development and long-term action on climate change.
The Action2015 Leader quoted South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutuas saying: “In all my years of campaigning I have never seen a year blessed with so much opportunity to make the world safer, healthier and fairer. With the agreement of a new climate treaty and new poverty goals, 2015 can herald a new era. We must not waste this chance. By uniting across continents, faiths and generations, we can make sure world leaders hear and act on our calls for them to set ambitious goals for the future, goals which will bring about positive change for people everywhere and for the precious planet we inhabit.”
He narrated that Action/2015,is one of the world’s largest civil society campaigns, leading demonstrations, rallies, public meetings and other action in more than 70 countries, including almost every African country.
The campaign calls on government leaders to use the summit to tackle tax injustice, fund fairly with a focus on marginalised section of society. By Lewis S. Teh – Editing by Jonathan Browne