Wednesday 16 October 2013, was World Food Day, where we celebrated the amazing support of our CAFOD Hungry for change campaign with a hand-in of over 50,000 action cards to Number 10 Downing Street. In the last year, tens of thousands of CAFOD supporters have called on Prime Minister David Cameron for action on hunger that will help stop one in eight going hungry.
While Downing Street was receiving these action cards, CAFOD North Wales joined the Chaplaincy team at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, along with Tradecraft, Fair Trade Wales, and the Wrexham Food bank to mark World Food Day. This day also marked the end of the joint IF/OS campaign, which Glyndwr has been supporting since CAFOD launched the IF/OS campaign at St Mary’s Cathedral, Wrexham in January this year.
Yolanda, a business accountancy student from China said:
“Everyone has the right to have enough food and to be treated fairly; this is real peace in the world and true meaning of happiness.”
So many amazing things have happened since the IF campaign launch back in January. From 500 George Osbornes marching on Westminster, the Religious Lobby, to over 50,000 people in London and Belfast rallying for change, to getting our issues at the top of the G8 agenda.
You campaigned hard on aid, tax and land. Here’s what happened.
The UK government kept its promise to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid – something we’ve been campaigning for since the 1970s. And G8 leaders pledged an extra $4.1 billion that could help tackle malnutrition and save the lives of almost two million children.
For the first time ever, land grabs were on the G8 agenda. World leaders agreed to set up pilot partnerships with developing countries to make buying, selling and owning land fairer.
Tax & Transparency
David Cameron announced that all UK-affiliated tax havens will now have to share information about the companies using them. And G8 leaders agreed that information from all companies should now be open to scrutiny by tax authorities in developing countries.
None of this would have been achieved had it not been for each and every one of you, who campaigned and prayed with CAFOD for all of this.
So what’s next?
Our Hungry for change campaign continues until Lent 2014. Thank you to everyone who has promoted Hungry for Change so far. We can be proud of what we’ve achieved together, but we still need greater action for a fairer food system. So please continue to campaign with us: www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign