This year you have helped campaign for an end to trade
injustice alongside millions around the world. Before the
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting that
has just taken place, over 750,000 votes for trade justice
were handed in to 10 Downing Street and, in Hong Kong
where the WTO met, Peter Mandelson received over
470,000 emails calling on him as Europe's trade
commissioner to ensure trade justice was delivered
at the meeting.
Rich country governments knew what was required of
them to make trade work for poor people. However,
in Hong Kong they clearly lacked the political will to
take the bold steps they should have done.
The WTO meeting failed to deliver the trade justice
deal needed in 2005 to make poverty history. The
responsibility for the WTO failing the world's poor
rests with rich countries. Those governments, despite
all our campaigning, did not show willingness to deliver
As a result of this, the agreement reached is far
from just for the poor of the world.
To read Make Poverty History's full response to the
WTO meeting go here.
Thank you for voting for Trade Justice and emailing
Peter Mandelson and Alan Johnson, the UK trade
minister, ahead of this crucial meeting. In 2006 it will
be more important than ever before that political
leaders know we are all still watching them and calling
on them to finally deliver trade justice.
The Make Poverty History Team
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