‘Mary, what the french fudge are you doing in Paris?!’ I hear you cry! Well i don’t. But I’ll imagine I do.
WELL CHILDREN, I’m a ONE youth ambassador (of course.) and we’re ready to tell world leaders to stick to their word when it comes to fighting poverty.
I’m on a mission to end poverty. Laugh all you like (or just think I’m a tad over ambitious) but extreme poverty has been HALVED in the past 15 years. So what’s stopping us from eliminating it in the next 15 years?
‘Yes Mary, great plan but what the heeeeck has that got to do with Paris?’ I hear you cry – seriously guysies, stop crying plz.
Ok let’s get real.
I’m set to join forces with hundreds of activists at an international summit in Paris to call for action for the worlds poorest.
I’ll join more than 250 young campaigners from eight countries at the ONE Summit, which will run alongside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum at the start of June.
The OECD Forum will see delegates from some of the world’s richest countries come together to discuss major global issues, including how to end extreme poverty.
As ONE youth ambassadors we’ll be there to demand they put their money where their mouth is and make decisions that boost global development, with a focus on girls and women. Because I honestly believe they are the key to ending poverty.
We’ve got a jam packed schedule which includes meeting high-profile individuals (you know I love a good celeb of the development world!) – including Erik Solheim, chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, and Andre Vallini, French Secretary of State for Development – and planning to meet with politicians from the UK and other countries. And what I’m most excited for is this the stunt! We’ve got a world famous location planned to hold a massive stunt to bring more attention to ONE’s asks.
We want the worlds media to hear our call for the OECD to implement policies that have a special focus on girls and women, to help change the fact that Poverty is Sexist. I harp on about it a lot, but when women are prioritised they have the power to improve the lives of everyone in their communities. There are key opportunities for this to happen, such as the replenishment of the Global Fund – an organisation that helps protect people against preventable diseases such as HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis – later this year.
Saira O’Mallie, UK Director (interim) of ONE, said: “Our Youth Ambassadors are one of the greatest assets the UK has in helping raise awareness of the significant progress we’ve made toward ending extreme poverty. Politicians know this and listen when they speak. I can’t wait to see what they achieve this year.”
This is the third year the Youth Ambassador programme has run in the UK. Previously, Youth Ambassadors have attended the G7 Summit in Munich and the UN General Assembly in New York.
I’ve loved campaigning with ONE in the past few months because of everyone’s shared passion and energy for working towards eradicating poverty. Call us crazy but we’re here to bring about a change.
If you’d like to keep in the loop with our activities search for #ONEyouth2016 on Facebook, Twitter and instagram. You know I thrive off social media activity so would love for anyone to get involved from wherever you are!
From Paris, France
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of over seven million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programmes. Read more at http://www.one.org.