international development

4 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to TREE AID

Help women in Burkina Faso to protect their trees and fight deforestation

Between 2005 and 2015 Burkina Faso, in the drylands of Africa, lost over 10% of its forest land – an area big enough to fit almost 1.5 million football pitches. And today, forests are still disappearing at an alarming rate, having devastating effects on the lives of families who depend on their natural resources for basic survival. In a county were poverty is widespread, trees are being overused and quite often families have no choice but to cut down trees to sell and pay for food. Crops and trees provide an essential source of food and income for families. The nutrient-rich produce that grows on trees can help feed a family for generations – protecting them from hunger and malnutrition – whilst fruits and nuts, like shea, can be turned into products to sell at market. But growing and gathering enough to feed the whole family and make a living is becoming increasingly hard due to the rise in deforestation. TREE AID is teaching women like Somowaga (pictured above) how to protect the forests where they live by becoming volunteer Forest Guards. Women are being taught how to ensure the survival of their trees by patrolling the forests – making sure the trees are not being misused – and by educating others in their community about the long-term benefits and importance of protecting them. In Burkina Faso, we are empowering women to protect their forests – giving them the skills they need to safeguard their trees today and for the future. Stand with TREE AID Forest Guards and help to create thriving communities and forests in Burkina Faso.  Add your name to our pledge and empower women to restore and protect the trees they rely on.

75 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Protect International Aid: NO to Cuts

We, the undersigned, call upon the government to protect the UK's commitment to the UN's 0.7% GDP target for overseas aid. (Note to supporters: Thank you for your interest in supporting my petition. An article outlining its background in more detail can be found on my blog. I ask that you respect my decision, as a vulnerable member of society, to remain anonymous for my own safety.) Recently, a petition (#200292) has appeared on the UK parliament website calling on the government to cut international aid. Over 15,000 people have signed, supporting this attack on international humanitarianism seemingly without thought for the many innocent lives such a reduction would cost. We, the undersigned, call upon the government to disregard petition #200292 and to protect international aid. The UK is the world’s fifth richest country, and the aim to meet the UN's modest target is not an unreasonable one. These funds, though only a very small proportion of the country’s wealth, constitute a vital resource that saves lives and relieves suffering all around the world. Furthermore, we wish to clarify our support for any reasonable measures to ensure that international aid funds are used appropriately, with the aim of maximising the effectiveness of the help given to those most in need. We do not wish to be blind to instances in which international aid funds have been misused. However, we completely refute and condemn any implication that such occurrences should ever be used as an excuse for reductions to the international aid budget.

Autistic Liberal
39 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to All UK party leaders

UK party leaders: Commit to including people with disabilities in global aid

We're calling on the leaders of all UK political parties to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise. Haja, who’s blind, wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She goes to an inclusive school in Sierra Leone, set up to cater for students with and without disabilities. Because she’s included, she’s getting an education and will have the chance, like her peers, to one day find a job and contribute to her community. In developing countries around the world, hundreds of millions of children with disabilities aren’t as fortunate as Haja – where she’s learning and dreaming of the future, they’re being left behind. But if our leaders commit to making sure global aid reaches the most marginalised people worldwide, these children could all have a future where they can learn, earn and be happy. Help us make it happen – please sign our petition calling on political party leaders to commit to improving the lives of people with disabilities in their manifestos. Education’s not the only area where inclusive global development can transform lives – it can open up access to employment and health care for the world’s most marginalised people, it can combat discrimination and negative attitudes, and it can have a huge economic impact in communities, creating growth and reducing poverty. If the UK government shows global leadership by making sure people with disabilities are included when aid decisions are made, it could genuinely change the world. That’s why we’re calling on all party leaders to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise – we want them to commit to reaching the people who for too long have been left behind.  

Sightsavers UK
7,147 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), G20 leaders, Angela Merkel, Theresa May MP, Mauricio Macri, Malcolm Turnbull, Michel Temer, Justin Trudeau, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Joko Widodo, Paolo Gentiloni, Shinzo Abe, Enrique Peña Nieto, Vladimir Putin, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Jacob Zuma, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Donald Trump, Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker

Global Health Innovation Call to Action

To sign our Call to Action, please click here. This Call to Action strongly urges the G20 to commit investment in research, innovation and development of innovative health technologies to counter threats posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases (PRNDs) and pandemics. We call on the G20 to agree to take the following actions: 1. Provide political support to address the inter-related issues of AMR, pandemic preparedness/ response and PRNDs Include a commitment to research and development (R&D) of products and interventions for global health in the outcome document of the Meeting of the G20 Ministers of Health, in the G20 Communiqué and in all relevant G20 agendas, with a focus on addressing the threat of a broad spectrum of emerging antimicrobial resistance from a variety of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi, as well as emerging infectious diseases.  2. Increase financial support and its co-ordination across the G20 and partner countries to ensure sustainable, long-term funding for global health innovation, with a focus on AMR, pandemic preparedness/ response and PRNDs. Coordinate funding between G20 countries to ensure inefficiencies and duplication of efforts are avoided, and that the significant costs of product development are shared among nations.   3. Encourage business, philanthropic organizations and other financing institutions from the G20 to increase investment in global health innovation, in the interrelated areas of AMR, pandemic preparedness / response and PRNDs. Promote financial support to the work of multinational partnership mechanisms such as Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) and other public-private collaborations to expand global health innovation. 4. Mobilize G20 public health and scientific expertise to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in both neglected and major poverty diseases by: Supporting global efforts to develop new tools, interventions and approaches to address AMR. Assisting low and middle-income G20 partner countries in building up their research and product development capacity for the fight against AMR. Promoting open data sharing in R&D to help technology transfers and strengthening of research capacity in G20 and partner countries to address AMR.   We invite all those who share this vision to sign and support this Call to Action In advance of the 2017 Hamburg Summit we would like to commend G20 leaders, and especially the German Presidency, for putting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and global health at the top of the G20 agenda. We represent a group of like-minded advocates and experts from public and private sector organizations calling on the G20 to commit political and financial resources as well as expertise to science, technology and innovation (STI) in global health. We support the view of Chancellor Merkel that “health is an issue that belongs on the G20 agenda” and her belief that addressing the world’s health challenges should become a permanent agenda item. Medical innovation and the policy changes needed to transform global health take years to develop and take effect, and require long-term political and economic commitment. Looking ahead, the risk of resistance and emerging infectious diseases, combined with increased transnational mobility, poses a major challenge for the global health community. Innovative technologies for the protection of new vulnerable groups, such as migrant populations, are essential components of control, elimination and eradication strategies moving forward. The World Bank has estimated that by 2050, these issues will push an additional 28.3 million people into poverty, increase global healthcare costs by $1.2 trillion and cause low income countries to lose more than 5% GDP. G20 leadership in combatting neglected diseases could lead to significant reductions in the global disease burden, lifting millions out of poverty and averting billions of dollars of economic and social costs.

Coalition of Global Health Organisations
1,168 supporters