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How did EU policies affect the poorest

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As world leaders have endorsed a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - and largely declared its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be a success - it's imperative to understand the extent to which the MDGs did and did not eradicate poverty in the Global South.

A frank assessment of the past fifteen years, based on grassroots analysis and inputs from the most vulnerable and marginalised communities is essential if the world is going to be able to realise the

SDGs and truly ensure a Life of Dignity for All. The Millennium Development Goals established eight interlinked concrete time-bound targets to

halve extreme poverty by 2015 and eradicate it by 2025; however, latter target was dropped along the way. The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) mobilized hundreds of millions of people across the globe to demand accountability from their governments, declaring that governments must “keep their promises” to achieve and exceed the MDGs.

GCAP Germany: "The Right to Food should not be a game of chance"

As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.

More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.

"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".

GCAP Germany presents Right to Food petition

European Union E-action: United against Poverty.org

Join the European-wide petition to call on ambitious goals for the EU at the MDG review summit. Until June 15th!

European GCAP Coalitions campaign ahead of European Parliament Elections.

In May / June 2009 elections to the European Parliament will be held in the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU). Half a billion European citizens will elect 736 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) in the biggest trans-national election in history.

Since the subsequent elections will be held in 2014, these 2009 elections are the last chance to elect a European Parliament that will be committed to put an end to poverty and inequality by the MDG target date.

Anthony Painter blogs for G20Voice

Anthony PainterAnthony Painter is a political writer, commentator, activist and author, who has published two books, Barack Obama: the Movement for Change and Viral Politics.
He was awarded a New Statesman prize for political writing in 2003 and has been published by the Guardian, Observer, Independent and the New Statesman.