17 May – Faith Climate Action
This day marked the launch of Yeb Sano former Filippino climate ambassador´s People’s Pilgrimage beginning in his homecity of Tacloban, which was ground zero of 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. Over the next few months he will walk thousands of kilometre visiting climate affected communities and culminating in Paris of the COP21 talks,
“We are going to send a powerful, loud message to world leaders that we are many, and we care about the governments and industries of the world finding a solution to the climate crisis,” he said “What we want is a just, equitable, ambitious and durable climate agreement to be forged in Paris.”
18 May- World leaders to measure up to our ambition
This day of action took part at the start crucial SDG negotiations at the UN in New York 18-22 May. Across action/2015 we sent messages through letters, postcards and tweets letting them know that millions of people are taking action and demanding that they measure up to our ambition and set up a robust system to ensure progress towards a better future for our people and our planet.
22 May All Ages Day
“As we get older our rights do not change. As we get older, we are no less human and should not become invisible….I want to tell the world that I count, that older people everywhere count and that people of all ages should be included in the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Desmond Tutu in a video launched on this action day which saw inspiring inter-generational events in Malawi, Kenya, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bolivia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand Myanmar and Nepal. In Thailand older people learned about new technology and social media from younger people while in Kenya intergenerational public dialogue to promote the inclusion of people of all ages in the SDG framework was held.
Thunderclap reach on the day was over 300,000 with total social media impressions of 1,428,955 and 17 media articles with a potential viewership of 100 million.
25 Africa Day 70,000 people joined the “NO MORE WORDS-TAKE ACTION” campaign call across 30 countries across Africa demanding a concrete action plan for the implementation of the Africa common position to be agreed on during the Addis Addaba Finance for Development Summit.
“Africa is already blessed with huge amounts of resources needless to mention the new discoveries in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and many other parts of Africa but without good governance and people’s participation, the resources have a potential of being a curse than a blessing to the African people.
We therefore call on our leaders to shy away from bad governance and take action and liberate Africa from the bondage of poverty, disease, youth unemployment, poor infrastructure, illiteracy, inland conflicts and terrorism,” said action/2015 participants in a press statement. Actions included a live radio debate in Benin, Citizens Hearings in Sierra Leone and a roundtable on poverty and inequality in Seychelles which made front page news.
26 May Finance our Future coincided with an EU Foreign Affairs Council on Development meeting in Brussels. action/2015 members united in a global call to EU leaders to keep their promise of 0.7% of GDP for aid by 2020. X number of people participated online by sending #RecommitToAid tweets to their EU Development Minister while activists in Brussels participated in a stunt outside the EU Commission.
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